seeker of wonder
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Where the oceans have no address.
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I LOVE my hank-on foresails!!! I simply wouldn't go with roller-furling unless they already came with the boat. Here's why:
1) I use a twin-forestay set-up. Not a cutter, these twin forestays are only a few inches apart. I keep the 150 genny bent on the port forestay and I keep the working jib bent on the strbd forestay. I keep them tied to the life-lines when not in use, ready to go...I just go forward and undo the ties. Whenever I want to change sail, I just raise one and lower the other, as both sails are already hanked-on their separate jib. It's easy. Most of the time, I use the same halyard, so I DO have to go forward to unclip and re-clip the halyard. However, in offshore conditions, I CAN use my secondary halyard for the other sail and if I attach a downhaul on each sail, I'd basically only need to go midships to the mast for sail changes. This doesn't change the fact that I still must go forward to tie whichever downed sail back to it's respective lifelines (the one big advantage of roller-furling)...but I have good footing at sea, and as long as I'm harnessed in and crouched or sitting on foredeck, I don't mind going out...it's actually one of the exciting things I love...and PREFER it over tidily winching in a roller-furl line from the comfort of the cockpit. Sailings NOT about comfort for me...it never has been.
2) I like to sail to and from whichever dock, often in tight quarters. Because my boat is a ketch rig, I use my foresail and mizzen in conjunction with each other (whereby I can spin my boat in her own circumference by simply raising and lowering the jib and mizzen as needed to spin...try doing THAT on a roller-furling sloop or cutter!). I also douse and re-raise my foresail to control my boat speed while docking under sail. If, after, I douse it, I find I need a little more speed, I'll quickly raise it again maybe half-way (I take the jib halyard aft with me into the cockpit when docking under sail). It's a lost art doing it this way, but it's an art I LOVE. If I had roller-furling I couldn't do half of this, and would be forced to turn the engine on in tight quarters like most other people.
No...I'll keep my hank-ons, thank you.
"...and a star to steer her by."