Fixed forestay to roller furling

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by Caerus, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. Caerus

    Caerus New Member

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    Sorry, couldn't help the play on words with the other thread.

    But seriously,

    I'm all set to remove my forestay and rig my roller furler. Got a wire luffed jib, got the furling gear, got the pennant, got the shroud adjuster on top. One last detail:

    Does the shroud adjuster attach to the forestay tab or does it attach to the jib block pad eye? If it's all the same, I'd rather use the pad eye and avoid cutting the forestay (i.e. save it for future possible use).

    Any help? Thanks!
     
  2. Caerus

    Caerus New Member

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    I need to bump this, cause I think there may have been a mix up.

    My question remains:

    How does the roller furling setup attach to the mast itself?

    Appreciate any input.
     
  3. carrnor

    carrnor New Member

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    I have a Harken roller furler,and the fixed forestay is still in place. My boat and mast are in storage for the winter, so I can't check on how the forestay and the furler swivel are attached, Obviously they are attached to different tabs. I have had no trouble with having this redundant mast support. ( Sort of like wearing a belt and suspenders, I guess?) Have had a comment that this arrangement might disturb the airflow over the jib! Somehow I can't get too concerned with that!
    Roller furling is the solution to solo.
    Sail on.
    carrnor
     
  4. Caerus

    Caerus New Member

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    carrnor

    Interesting. I bought the Harken 434. It's sitting on my desk next to me waiting for a free weekend to try an installation. I wouldn't think there'd be enough room for a forestay AND the roller furling drum at the bow plate. Doesn't the drum rub against the forestay when you roll up the jib?

    I bought all the parts to be able to replace the forestay. Not sure which arrangement is easiest when raising the mast. I trailer my boat every time, so mast raising simplicity is also a factor.

    I really need to take a day off of work and play with this rig to figure out what works best.
     
  5. carrnor

    carrnor New Member

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    Caerus,
    My bowplate has a couple of holes, and by pinning the roller drum in the aft hole it just clear the forestay. It does not rub.
    Only minor problem is you have to furl the sail carefully to avoid wrapping it around the fixed forestay. Not really a "problem" and I like the feeling of having a fixed forestay if for some reason the roller furler rig fails. Will still have a mast in place!
    I guess if you are racing, this kind of rig might not be too desirable? I sail on a lake in northen Michigan,, and I never see a 14.2. Any boats of comparable size seem to be slower than my 14.2.
    The winds have been so brisk this summer that I have not used the jib much. After turtling last year, I have become more cautious. At 85 I'm not too thrilled about dumping, even tho' I now have a float sleeve on the top of the sail.
    Have fun.
    carrnor
     
  6. Caerus

    Caerus New Member

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    Wow! Still sailing a dinghy at 85. You give me something to look forward to.

    I'm still ten years from retirement but was getting a bit shy after I turtled my Capri last year. In that case, my wife was on board to help me right it so it wasn't really an issue, but it did make me think about devising a plan. That's why I'm installing a roller furling jib. Next I'll look into a float.

    I'm still undecided as to what kind of boat to retire into though. I like keel boats because they go further and you can spend the night on them, but dinghies are more exciting and more athletic. So I figured I'll try a few seasons on the Capri and then decide.

    Do you have a preference?
     

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