Reason for A Genny and Detachable Forestay

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  • December 01, 2013 9:13 PM
    Reply # 1449491 on 1431502
    Norm, many free flying sails are designed with a high tech rope (very low stretch) as the luff line with the sails itself "sliding" up and down this rope. They have separate tack and "luff" attachment points and the sail luff tension is adjusted separately. They are designed to be cranked very tight for close reaching. This would not work with a normal spinnaker bail.
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  • December 19, 2013 8:11 PM
    Reply # 1461516 on 1431502
    Regarding drifters/asymetric spinnakers, has anyone had any experience with a continuous line furler?
  • December 20, 2013 9:03 AM
    Reply # 1461787 on 1431502
    Yes, I have a code 0 furler for my light air reacher and windseeker. I use a spare masthead halyard to raise and lower the rolled up sail and then unfurl it with the sheet. It works well.
    Both sails are rolled up in their bags and I switch the furler between them. (2 minute job)
    After use, roll up the sail, lower to deck and coil into sailbag.
  • December 20, 2013 3:43 PM
    Reply # 1462014 on 1431502
    Gary, where did you put the furler? Do you have a separate furler for your jib or a hanked-on jib?
  • December 20, 2013 6:26 PM
    Reply # 1462057 on 1431502
    Hi Frank,
    The furler is clipped into a soft attachment point (rope) behind the headsail furler and the sail flies inside the headstay. In this clip at 15 seconds in, you can see the arrangement. Dave King gave me the tip on how to fly the sail

  • December 22, 2013 12:23 PM
    Reply # 1462473 on 1431502
    Thanks, Gary. I could not see the rope arrangement that you were talking about very clearly, but I get the idea. I got to thinking about the desirability of a continuous line furler from something I read in Practical Sailor, and I noticed a Catalina 30 combo sale for a furler and drifter on eBay recently. Unfortunately, the sail seems a bit too big. Pity, it seemed to be a pretty good price.
  • December 22, 2013 6:16 PM
    Reply # 1462558 on 1431502
    Sorry Frank, the rope is basically looped under the bowsprit and tied with a reef crosses itself and the reef knot is forward of the loop..if that makes any sense.
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