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Re: Dousing headsails in breeze when the main is down?
1/4 inch dyneema would work fine except you couldn't grip it well enough to use it, esp when heavily loaded.. but sewing a larger cover over it for the portion that reaches the cockpit as described above would work fine.
The smallish, slippery line that Harken provides with their furlers is kinda crappy for that too.. it's on our list to replace.
Oh, and to Peter (OP), we've drifted away from the original premise, which was hanked or headfoil sails, not furlers... Race boats usually have enough crew to muscle things down. I'd probably oversheet and bring the sail over the deck, leave the sheet tight and dump the halyard. With hanks the neat thing is the wind tends to 'blow' the sail down unlike upwind where it can tend to pull the head up the stay. As mentioned earier a jib downhaul would help .. the tight sheet also keeps the bulk of the sail on deck. A luff tape sail in a foil, without crew, is VERY difficult to keep on board in those conditions.
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Last edited by Faster; 04-21-2013 at 11:06 AM.