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Reefing blade jib to storm jib

Yes, I know that a storm jib must be flat and without this sort of reefing (had one on last boat--loved it), but for a strong breeze, I want to hear the discussion.

What about reefing a blade jib? I have a rather useless self tacking jib (useless off the wind) that might benefit from this treatment, but wouldn't the big lump of furled cloth ruin the airflow?


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Re: Reefing blade jib to storm jib

One part of this discussion that is often left out is the question, "do you want it to work well upwind as well as off the wind?" A partially furled jib may have a poor upwind shape, but off the wind it might be just fine.

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Re: Reefing blade jib to storm jib

And it might keep you from getting caught in irons with just the main, it's hard get through a tack in a screeching breeze, and you don't want to jibe, so it may be useful in that way too.

And on a reach in heavy winds, or even a broad reach, a small jib can help you counteract the weather helm so you can bear off in the puffs. Without any jib, the boat may want to round up, and that can lead you to "knockdown city", not a nice neighborhood ;-)
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Re: Reefing blade jib to storm jib

Way back we had one (reefing working jib) the gathered bunt was a bit of a pain, but it did work. We had a baby stay and it still interfered with the reefed sail and tacking past it was a worry, though with a strong breeze it always went through.

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Re: Reefing blade jib to storm jib

Apologies, for some reason I was thinking this jib was on a furler. Obviously need to clean my glasses.... or go get glasses....

I would offer in addition that a soft shackle used to attach the lines to the clew might speed up the reefing process. Also, if you're worried about the bunt, you could always go the route of Larry Pardey's Zipper jib.

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Re: Reefing blade jib to storm jib

I'll add some additional info. Also, look at my avitar to see the sail on my boat. I have not hoisted this sail in years, favoring a 140% genoa better suited to my sailing area. The 140% roller reefs very nicely to about 80%, a credit to the sailmaker (Hood).

* With a straight track on a high aspect self-tacking jib, as soon as you crack the sheets more than a tick, the head just twists off and flogs in high wind. The clew is too low to put any tension up high. Thus, it is impossible to open the slot in any controlled way.
* Yes, I am talking about a furling sail. But it is only about 80%. It does hold shape during roll-up and should be quite usable at 50%.

I'm thinking if I could raise the clew 3-4 feet and use my genoa sheeting leads it would be FAR more useful in a blow. I would rather not lose it as a self tacking jib, since it is nice on breezy days... but the wind rang is rather narrow, IMHO, because of the clew angle. My largest concern is that the sail is cut too full.

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Re: Reefing blade jib to storm jib

I would think having a bunt of reefed sail would be less of a problem in the foot of the sail was closer to horizontal (lower clew). Would it work to put a pendent on the tack and raise the whole reefed sail up off the deck?

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