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Re: Spinnaker halyard for a furling jib??
Originally Posted by sfbaysailing
I am picking up my new boat today - a 1978 Catalina 30! I'm really excited to get her to her new home and start the punch list of projects to get her ready for a summer of fun sailing. The first project is going to be replacing the jib halyard that broke this winter.
I'm wondering if I could sail her home today (across SF bay) using the spinnaker halyard as a temporary jib halyard....the jib is on a harken roller furling system......the spinnaker halyard, as far as i know, goes all the way to the mast head. Can anyone see any problem to doing this for the short ride home?
Thanks for your help!
Having had a jib halyard wrap around the top of the furler in the middle of the bay, I can tell you that sitting on the bow for an hour just this side of the bay bridge trying to sort out the mess is an experience I'd rather not repeat. If the halyard DOES wrap, you get to manually wrap the jib around and around the furler.
I'm not saying don't do it JUST for the one time (though that WOULD be the cautious approach), just to watch carefully what's happening at the top as you furl and unfurl.
You could purchase a new jib halyard and get a rigger to install it before the trip. That's what I'd do I think. Didn't I just see a small craft advisory with gusts to 35 kts? That's a bad time to find out the furler's binding.
Where's the journey from and to? How short is short?
Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay
Last edited by MarkSF; 04-05-2012 at 06:09 PM.