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Jib clew height

I want to raise jib clew as high as possible using existing jib track. I PLAN on sailing mostly off the wind, and I like the visibility with a higher cut. I understand that sheeting should intersect the sail halfway up the luff. Aside from barberhauler- would adding a tack pennant do the trick?
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Re: Jib clew height

Yes it would. You can make one that suits your preferred length, or several, using amsteel and thimbles in both eye splices.

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Re: Jib clew height

It all depends on what the cut of your sail is. If the sail currently fits your forestay, then you may not be able to add much of a pendant before the sail tops out on the head. Dont forget to leave enough space at the head for luff tensioning.

Trying to raise the clew significantly will require your lead position to move back significantly. A barberhauler is meant to move your lead outboard, not back.

If you are not careful you will seriously reduce your ability to shape your sail correctly. You may "plan" to sail mostly off the wind, but as we all know, nature doesnt really care what our plans are. You don't want to limit your ability to sail upwind when needed.

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It all depends on what the cut of your sail is. If the sail currently fits your forestay, then you may not be able to add much of a pendant before the sail tops out on the head. Dont forget to leave enough space at the head for luff tensioning.

Trying to raise the clew significantly will require your lead position to move back significantly. A barberhauler is meant to move your lead outboard, not back.

If you are not careful you will seriously reduce your ability to shape your sail correctly. You may "plan" to sail mostly off the wind, but as we all know, nature doesnt really care what our plans are. You don't want to limit your ability to sail upwind when needed.

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I’m having a new jib made.
So I can make it whatever can work with current jib track. I was wondering if it makes more sense to add pennant at foot- or make leech shorter to have clew high as possible.
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Re: Jib clew height

If you are having a new sail built, talk with the sailmaker. They probably recommend a yankee cut to minimize heeling while providing the visibility you seek.
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Re: Jib clew height

How much are you intending to raise it? I presume you want to see the horizon? This is a photo taken from a sister ship.

As you can see visibility of the horizon on the lee side is no problem without raise the tack or the entire foot.

Visibility of the windward horizon from the LEE side is an issue ans raising changing the sail geometry will do nothing for that. You need look at the windward side from the windward side.
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Re: Jib clew height

You could just have a window put in and then you wouldn't need to reduce sail area.
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Re: Jib clew height

Your question should be about raising the foot not the clew...as in the preceding photo its the height of the foot that provides visibility.

If you want off wind performance focus on trimming to the toerail, much better shape than an in board track.

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