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  • #3447
    Anonymous
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    More sailing in the mind dilemmas here. I have a furling genoa and an old Enterprise jib that I can use instead as a smaller jib if in reefing conditions. I saw a picture in one of the logs of the genoa up while the jib lay on the foredeck rolled up but crucially already attached to the bow fitting ( in my mind the fiddliest bit of changing the sails).

    My question is (as a potential single-hander) ……….can I furl the genoa and raise the jib on the spinnaker halyard or should I remove the genoa entirely before using the jib on jib halyard?

    At present in these conditions I would sail with just a reefed mainsail. I can see there is potential for some chaffing with the forestay and there might be difficulty fitting the jib to the bow whilst avoiding it tangling with the furling drum? Any advice appreciated (and yes one day I will get to a Cruising conference….)

    #5103
    Anonymous
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    I doubt if you would get much tension on the spinnaker halyard. So the luff on the jib would tend to sag, performance to windward would therefore be poor. Sailing off the wind would be okay.
    I would guess that changing the genoa for jib single-handed might be quite a challenging operation.
    All things considered, if you have started out with full sail and need to reduce, you would probably be best to reef the main and furl the genoa away and not bother with a headsail.
    The other alternative is to start out with a jib and full main. That would be my choice. Weather helm will be an issue if the breeze is at the top end of F3 – in which case just put a reef in.

    #5104
    Anonymous
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    I agree – get rid of the genoa, raise the centrebpard to half to move the centre of lateral resistance back and sail on main only – much more control on your own.

    #5109
    Anonymous
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    Thanks for your advice both. In practice I have done exactly as you describe (maybe not lifting the CB enough to reduce weather helm). I was puzzled by the photo in the log (165 Wayfarers accross the North Sea) and thought it seemed an interesting idea……..you can see the furling drum and the jib looks like it might be attached too………obviously they have a crew to change sails if desired so maybe the intention would have been not to furl but switch the halyard over to the jib if desired (and roll the genoa and leave it on the deck like the jib.)
    The other reason I was thinking about the spinnaker halyard was I have also been thinking about mast head bouyancy to prevent inversion. I was going to use the spinnaker halyard to raise a 20 litre buoy while practicing capsize drill with the family……(not all of us in the drink at once)……any further thoughts welcome……..(one day when I have skilled enough crew and helm I might even use the halyard to raise the spinnaker!)

    #5110
    Anonymous
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    Dave,
    Steady on – you are beginning to exhibit signs of enthusiasm or maybe even addiction!

    #5112
    Anonymous
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    Absolutely…..(and I need my fix)…..( I note you recognise the symptoms!)

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