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04-16-2013 07:23 PM
Lake Superior Sailor
Re: Furling Jib

It will work better if you add a block & tackle to the swivel end, as the tighter the cable the better it works.....Dale
04-16-2013 10:04 AM
Re: Furling Jib

I agree with LSS and C_Witch, keep the forestay. The thing at the head of the sail rides up the forestay, and the sail is tensioned by the jib halyard. The furler itself sits just inside the foot of the forestay. I had a very similar setup on my Catalina 25. It worked OK on there, but in good winds it was tough to work.
04-15-2013 10:42 PM
Re: Furling Jib

Sounds reasonable
04-13-2013 05:14 PM
Re: Furling Jib


I have a barton furler on my boat and its somewhat similar. We kept the forestay. The swivel attaches to the sail and halyard. The drum attaches behind the forestay preferably 3 or 4 inches. I also have hanks on my sail. I found that I had to remove the top hank in order to furl the sail in ANY wind what so ever. Be advised that these furling systems are just that ie the jib is either fully out or fully in. You CANNOT reef the jib with them. Also make sure the halyard is TIGHT'. Heres a photo of our drum sorry about it being blurry.

04-13-2013 12:53 PM
Re: Furling Jib

Thanks for the help! Sorry if I posted in the wrong area......its snowing here....and I am trying to sail......
04-13-2013 12:47 PM
Lake Superior Sailor
Re: Furling Jib

This is what I use on my Cal it's made by Schafer, Top swivel turn and slides on fore stay drum clips to deck. Hanks are ignored.lift swivel with jib halyard. Or drop roller furler and use hanks on fore stay , as this furler type works poorly in high winds...Dale
04-13-2013 12:33 PM
Re: Furling Jib

You might do better reposting this in gear.

This sort of thing is common but getting it right requires some experience of the particular model. I have to say that the jib hanks are confusing me as the sail appears to have a built in wire luff. On the setups I have used on smaller boats that wire luff would replace the existing forestay. I don't see how you could use the hanks to attach the sail to an existing forestay then use the furler.
04-13-2013 11:56 AM
Re: Furling Jib

if you use the hanks then they would clip to the forestay and you would hoist the sail with the jib halyard
04-13-2013 11:44 AM
Re: Furling Jib

Thanks for the help so far. I have unrolled the jib sail (duh!), there are hanks on the entire length of the sail. Therefore it has to be installed on the forestay? How would one secure it to the mast? I have a regular jib sail, but the furler was thrown in a sail bag. Would like to use it, for the ease, but it is not mandatory. Thanks again for the help.

04-13-2013 11:32 AM
Re: Furling Jib

on a 15' boat I would think you would need to remove the forestay and replace it with the furler and the wire luff in the sail. the fore stay would be in the way for furling unless there is a way to install the furler behind the forestay with some clearance for the drum. the sail luff needs to be tight to furl and the slack forestay would get wrapped up in the sail
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