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Re: Do roller-furling cruisers need a storm jib?

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I ended up consulting a local rigger about this question, and he installed a padeye about 1/4 of the way down from the masthead and a d-shackle on my mooring cleat, which is about 2' aft of my bow, so now I can hoist my wire-luffed storm jib using a halyard that runs through a block at the masthead, with the line leading down the face of the mast to the padeye, then to the head of the storm jib. The only semi technical part was making sure we located the padeye so that the halyard and luff of the storm jib were parallel to the forestay (of the roller furled jib). I haven't tried it out in heavy weather yet, but it does mimic the arrangement that Val Howells had on the folkboat he sailed across the Atlantic in. I can send pictures if anyone's interested.
Don't try it with heavy weather because if the padeye is 1/4 of the way from the masthead you will need running backstays (rigged on the mast at the opposite side of the padeye) otherwise you can break your mast.

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Re: Do roller-furling cruisers need a storm jib?

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Don't try it with heavy weather because if the padeye is 1/4 of the way from the masthead you will need running backstays (rigged on the mast at the opposite side of the padeye) otherwise you can break your mast.

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Oh? Even though the halyard runs through a block at the masthead before coming down to the padeye?

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