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Using a jib

When I bought my boat Sat, the jib is there and in good condition but its not attached its just rolled up and stored, seller said he never used it. I know it needs to be unrolled once on the bow line but how do you actually get it raised once its on the line? I see nothing on it that would allow me to raise the sail, no lines other the at the corner. Can someone give me a few tips on how to actually setout the jib?
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Are the two lines attached to the same point on the sail? If so those are probable the sheets and should be attached at the clew and then run back to the cockpit. Is the sail a hank on or is it a roller furling system? A hank on sail will have snaps/clips along the long, leading edge. The luff. There should be a drum with lines leading back to the cockpit at the base of the forestay if it is a furling system. More than once, as the designated mast monkey at the marina, I have gone up the mast to retrieve someone’s halyard. That could be where yours is. Hope that helps. Dan S/V Marian Claire
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Photos would help.

The sail's luff (or forward edge) will either have a wire luff tape, if the boat has a roller furling setup, a wire luff, if the boat has a foil-less roller furling setup, or hanks, if the boat has a standard forestay.

There should be a jib halyard, which usually comes from the mast, but on some roller furling setups it is integral to the roller furling unit. There should also be a shackle for the tack (lower forward corner) of the jib to clip to. The shackle might be just above a furling drum for a roller furled unit, or on the chainplate for the forestay for a hanked on jib.

I would highly recommend you buy and read Dave Seidman's The Complete Sailor. It covers much of the basic terminology and fundamentals, which you seem to be lacking. I'd also recommend you take at least a basic ASA 101 learn to sail type course.

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Are the two lines attached to the same point on the sail? If so those are probable the sheets and should be attached at the clew and then run back to the cockpit. Is the sail a hank on or is it a roller furling system? A hank on sail will have snaps/clips along the long, leading edge. The luff. There should be a drum with lines leading back to the cockpit at the base of the forestay if it is a furling system. More than once, as the designated mast monkey at the marina, I have gone up the mast to retrieve someone’s halyard. That could be where yours is. Hope that helps. Dan S/V Marian Claire
Ok from what you are saying, yes it is a hank on and has the clips along the luff. There is not a drum and I imagine my halyard is up there then, I will have to check to make sure. Maybe I can get some pics when I go to the boat today, if I go at all.

@sailingdog, I do plan on taking some courses and getting a book. Normally I would have done this first before I even got a boat. Once I seen that good deal, I could not pass it up. I figured I could get the boat first, start working on it and have it to practice my skills on while taking the classes. Oh and trust me, I think I am already hooked I can see where this is going to become a very addicting hobby, worst then what kayaking is for me. Not only just the actual sailing but I think fixing up the boat will be another hobby in itself. Sailing was a lifelong dream since I was a young kid, but we had motorboats the whole time I was growing up, 4 of them!
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Poor bastard grew up on stinkpots...that explains soooooo much...

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Thats what you sailors call motorboats? I like that, reason being its true those motors can and do have strong smells, especially the old ones! At least with a sailboat, you motor that bad boy out, once you hoist those sails, you don't have to hear or smell ANYTHING anymore. All you hear are the sounds of the sea and the wind blowing. Same reasons I love kayaking so much. I remember many times when we were running in the motorboats, we could not even hear each other talking without screaming. Then not to mention if I am caught in a storm, I would much rather be in a large sailboat, way more sea worthy.
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WelcomeSailguy 40. I'm a noob myself. Some boating experience, little sailing on east coast, and I love to kayak. Actually, my kayak is called an Aquapod (much bigger, wider and more stable).

I'll be setting sail in May for my first time on my own boat. I'm reading book after book, studying DVD's and will take an ASA approved class (6 weeker) starting in April (all on a similar to what kind of boat you have time). I want hands on experience before I start out on my own.

Best of luck, and have fun!!!!

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"At least with a sailboat, you motor that bad boy out"

Why? The sails work right from the get-go.
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Suggest you go to Anything Sailing Forum and check out some of the training videos that have been artfully made by Gui (not sure of the exact spelling but he set up the sight. His videos are excellent and almost idiot proof.
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