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jcalvinmarks 05-19-2010 10:25 AM

Jib luff types
What am I supposed to do with luff grommets on a jib? My current working jib has piston-hanks, so I understand those.

I'm looking for an heavy-air jib (actually just an undersized jib from a smaller boat than my already-small Hunter 18.5) to use with a deep reef in my mainsail when the wind picks up above 15kt. I've seen twist hanks, and know to stay away from those, especially for a heavy-air type sail. I know that luff tape is for furling systems, which my boat is not equipped with. But I'm seeing sails that have luff grommets, and I'm not sure what to do with that? Are those for attaching piston-hanks to? Are there other clips that I use for this application? Like small carabiners?

nolatom 05-19-2010 02:25 PM

Short answer is "yes". and best to keep it solid and simple, such as these:

Rope and Rigging - Suncor Bronze Jib Hanks

Old-school and reliable. You don't care about a few extra ounces in a "semi-storm" jib, just durability.

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