Add a downhaul line to your hanked on jib and you can pull it down from the cockpit. This is just a line that goes around the top hank and which is run back to the cockpit. Pull the line as you release the halyard and the sail will come straight down. There is an example here:mainly concerned about bringing jib down while single handing in heavy weather. am working on putting jack lines together.
will look at Harken and jib bag options.
are the DIY ones pretty robust if done right? is there something about the manufactured ones that cannot be replicated?
Sail changes are far easier with hanks than with a furler, especially when single handed.Hanks.
I thought I had more here. I guess I'm definitely recommending furling. I suppose if you need the sail down and down now its quicker and easier.
Except this. How is it easier for me alone to go up on deck and bring down a sail and raise a new one opposed to staying in the cockpit and pulling on one rope. With a furler that's my sail change. I pull on a rope. It takes like two seconds and now I've got a 110. I'm not afraid to go on deck or anything but it is nice.Sail changes are far easier with hanks than with a furler, especially when singlehanded.
dude the reason I say this,is if you read a bit is that most of my experience comes from small boat sailing including extensive sailing on a 28 ft wooden 1940s boats 8 thousand miles offshore...not to mention a 2 26 footers and a folkboat.I hear you. I'm just learning my furler but so far it's been positive. It has the independent tack and swivel and my foresail has a foam luff. For me I'm not as concerned with maximizing performance. I don't race. I think you just have to singlehand day after day to understand. Plus I really try to take care of my boat so with hanks, I didn't do what a lot of people do and leave it lashed to the deck. I flaked and stowed it each night. Maybe overkill.
Don't forget two things:
1. I save all that space for not having to store multiple headsails on a small boat
2. I can quickly and easily reef to any possible sail. Do I want it to be a 117? Can do. No one carried as many hank on sails as a furler can become.
Christian. Who has a furler on a 26? I love how everyone always had an opinion about what people with smaller boats should and shouldn't have. How about I think your big boats you "sail" around the San Juan's with the sail cover still on is overkill. How about that. (Not directed at Christian, who I kinda like)