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Re: Do roller-furling cruisers need a storm jib?
A storm sail will outperform a partially-furled roller-furled sail any (stormy) day of the week.
A storm sail is wired around its perimeter, and is made from a very heavy fabric (typically orange).
A storm sail is vastly stronger than any conventional sail, partially furled or otherwise, and almost impossible to blow them out. Its centre of effort is very low and so it does not heel the boat much, and there is tremendous drive in high winds. I have seen a storm trysail pull the mainsail track out of the deck, such were the forces.
Make sure that the storm trysail has a separate track. The last thing you would want is to have to take the mainsail off before mounting the storm sail.
Storm sails for me, every time folks.
Last edited by Rockter; 03-06-2012 at 04:01 PM.