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Re: Roller Furling issue
Assuming that the furling line is actually long enough in the first place, this really is a no brainer. There are two easy ways to do this safely at the dock.
1) Detach the jib sheets from the clew of the jib, wrap the clew of the jib around the jib as tight as you can and hold it wrapped with a sail tie and then wrap the jib sheets 4-5 times around the sail and connect the sheet back onto the sail. OR
2) If it is difficult to disconnect the jib from the jib sheets, simply un-reeve the jib sheets from the blocks and bring the whole coiled jibsheets forward to the jib with the sheets still attached to the sail. Wrap them around the jib so that first the clew of the jib is wrapped tightly around the rest of the jib, and then take maybe 3-5 extra wraps before running the jib sheets back through the blocks to the cockpit.
Both are less than a 10 minute job, and frankly are very easy to do.
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