flexible roller furler on a mizzen staysail - F28 CK

flexible roller furler on a mizzen staysail - F28 CK

Postby seadago » Wed May 16, 2018 8:41 am

Hi all
I've got a (substantial) mizzen staysail that came with the wardrobe when I bought my boat; a F28 CK with wishbone booms.
I've only deployed it a couple of times. Maybe I do not know how to perform the maneuver properly, but TBH, in the event of having to gybe, it seems so cumbersome as to be hardly worth the bother on a leisurely day out.

Thinking to put the stay sail on a flexible (maybe top-down) roller furler. In paper at least, that could make things much easier.

Has anyone done this, or seen this setup, that can give me some pointers? The roller-furler gear is not inexpensive, so potential advantages also need to be significant!

Many thanks in advance
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Re: flexible roller furler on a mizzen staysail - F28 CK

Postby seadago » Wed May 16, 2018 11:51 am

Just came across this clip in YouTube. This is pretty much exactly what I'd like to have.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5rmIj9_9Uk&t=5s
Is the current or former owner of "Reconneissance" a board member? If so, I'd like to have chat...
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Re: flexible roller furler on a mizzen staysail - F28 CK

Postby bad » Thu May 17, 2018 10:59 am

We have a series of staysails that fly off our mizzen (F40 center cockpit). When gybing, we release the tack, which is on a strop with a snap shackle, run the tack to the base of the mizzen, then gybe the main. With a little help from the crew, the staysail stays collapsed behind the mizzen sail. I would consider a sock as a way of controlling the staysail if shorthanded.

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Re: flexible roller furler on a mizzen staysail - F28 CK

Postby seadago » Thu May 17, 2018 1:05 pm

bad wrote:We have a series of staysails that fly off our mizzen (F40 center cockpit). When gybing, we release the tack, which is on a strop with a snap shackle, run the tack to the base of the mizzen, then gybe the main. With a little help from the crew, the staysail stays collapsed behind the mizzen sail. I would consider a sock as a way of controlling the staysail if shorthanded.

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Hi Erik
Many thanks for your input. Yep, that's what I do as well; loosen the halyard, release the tack, bring the luff close to the mizzen mast, gybe, pass the tack behind the Main's sheet to the other side of the boat, fasten the tack, and hoist tight. Easy enough in paper, but not in reality with any breeze. The ease with which the skipper in the clip above does it, made me turn a bit green (with envy). I normally sail single-handed so "easy" is the name of the game for me. You may very well be right. A sock could be the 80/20 solution; it would collapse the sail quickly and securely. The rest of the maneuver is not complex. Will drop the conundrum on my sailmaker's lap. See what they say.
Thanks again!
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Re: flexible roller furler on a mizzen staysail - F28 CK

Postby arrancomrades » Sun May 20, 2018 1:33 pm

Yes but it,s worse as you have to transfer the sheet and runner as well. I sheet the staysail to the end of the backsail wishbone then down . Only use when racing, see www.whyw.org, search # 3534C. A
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Re: flexible roller furler on a mizzen staysail - F28 CK

Postby arrancomrades » Sun May 20, 2018 1:38 pm

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