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Can you convert a hank on

Im just wondering if this would be possible but i have a hank on jib and was wondering if it would be possivle to use bungee cords or tiedowns in conjunction with the toe rail to if need be convert your working jib to a storm- i know the weight would be different so far as material is concerned but do you think in a pinch it would work? It would be like reefing the main and instead of tieing the sail around the room you tie it to the deck and hold it using cords or tiedowns.
has anyone ever done something like this?
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Re: Can you convert a hank on

There are ways to reef headsails. Do a search, as it has been discussed here before.
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Re: Can you convert a hank on

Jibs sometimes have reef points and reinforcements just like a main.. and you reef it in a similar fashion, ie, haul down the luff and 'tack' the sail at the reef tack, then move the sheets to the reef clew, roll up and secure the bunt and off you go. Nothing to do with the toerail, which would be problematic if you wanted to tack - in any event it's hard to visualize what you're suggesting exactly.

Take the jib to a sailmaiker and they can modify it for you. It works OK, and can change a 100% working jib to something smaller - actually with better shape and a lower CE than a roller furled headsail.
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Re: Can you convert a hank on

Its out of fashion now BUT in the 80s it common enough that even on my first set of J24 sails the 100% jib had a reef point and it work well as we cruised the boat

The combo of two reefs in the main and one in the jib made sailing very easy when we got caught out on weekends and it was gusting in the high 30 knot range

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Re: Can you convert a hank on

Place another clew in the jib where a clew would be for a storm jib add a few grommets along a line between the storm clew and tack of the jib. Put some lines and tie off these grommets like on reef points on a mainsail. When a small sail is needed, you can clip into the new clew and roll up the foot and tie off at new grommets.

I have never owned or used a storm sail but I think there are other differences besides sail thickness to be concerned about. There are differences besides just being a smaller size and thicker material. Each sail is made for its specific purpose. Material thickness, reinforcement points, curve/shape, will all vary based on intended purpose of the sail. Think about a roller furling head sail. It is only a decent sail when fully out or maybe slightly rolled in. It gets to a point when it becomes a mis-shaped triangle near the front of you boat.

I think a true storm sail may have a pendant, not sure if that's the right expression attaching the tack to the stem fitting raising the sail a few feet off the deck. Also the trues strom sail might have just the right kind of shape to help drive a boat off a lee shore in choppy seas that a faked storm sail may not.

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Re: Can you convert a hank on

I have seen a jib with a lower section that could be removed. It had a zipper. I have only seen it once.

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I have seen a jib with a lower section that could be removed. It had a zipper. I have only seen it once.
There is probably a good reason that you saw it only once - a long zipper tough enough to take the unavoidable wind punishment and not part in the middle would be very costly. It seems a lot more practical and cost effective to have a smaller, stronger storm jib instead.
I modified one of my old windsurfing sails to be my smaller jib.

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I modified one of my old windsurfing sails to be my smaller jib.
What I want to see is an old jib from the mother ship used as a genoa on the windsurfer.

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There is probably a good reason that you saw it only once - a long zipper tough enough to take the unavoidable wind punishment and not part in the middle would be very costly.
Maybe it is like one of the zippers used on the racing headsails? Under pressure the zipper would just split, leaving you with a stormsail in the appropriate wind conditions.

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Maybe it is like one of the zippers used on the racing headsails? Under pressure the zipper would just split, leaving you with a stormsail in the appropriate wind conditions.
Auto-reefing?? Cool

We had roller jibs that had zipper luffs, they held up OK.

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