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Re: Zipper along length of sail
Sorry to bring up an old thread, but Faster was right. After 5 months of putting my working jib through all kinds of sadistic abuse, I took it down for repair. This was just before a beautiful weekend with a strong southwest wind. You HAVE to go sailing here with a strong southwest wind, so I pulled the big genoa out, and sure enough it worked on the roller furler. I had to zip a few feet at a time while I fed the sail into the furler. The boat EATS miles on a beam reach with this sail.
HOWEVER, the sail blocks my view to the leeward side while the boat is heeled over. When I let off the jib sheet, I gain visibility but lose speed. How do you handle this situation?
ALSO, I have another sail that is much lighter (a 150/drifter?). This sail will not go in the groove of the furler, due to a large cable that runs the length of the luff with an eye at each end. Since I do not have a temporary stay, can I attach it to the furler at the two attachment points without sliding it in the groove? This would be in very light wind conditions only.