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    I have a new, very old Wayfarer and have fitted a Barton furler and swivel – I have since discovered that Barton is not at the top of anyone’s list, but ….. Now I want to make sure I have set it up correctly.

    The jib has a wire luff, and I assume they all have the same direction of lay.

    1. Which way should the jib be furled round the luff – from the port side (clockwise?) or starboard (anti-clockwise?),

    2. Should the furling line be wound clockwise or anti-clockwise (I guess the answer to part 1 dictates this, but my brain can’t grasp all this).

    3. Can I just screw a small fairlead into the foredeck near the drum to direct the furling line, or do I have to go underneath to fasten it properly.

    4. Can I tension the jib halyard sufficiently without a Highfield lever or Muscle Box (that was a new one on me)?

    I know I will have more questions to follow, but would appreciate help getting started.

    Thank you,

    Gordon Smith, Cardiff Yacht Club

    #7575
    John1162
    Member

    I have a Plastimo roller reefing genoa and when the reefing line is pulled the line exits from the port side and the drum rotates counter clockwise when viewed from above. I have mine this way round because I wanted to lead the reefing line down the port side of the centreboard case.

    A small block or fairlead on the foredeck is fine. If using a bullseye then it needs to be a stainless steel lined one as a plastic one will not last you a season.

    You must tension your jib halliyard and can use a highfield lever or muscle box or cascade system.

    At the cruising Conference in April you could have the opportunity to see some very well set up boats!

    #7584
    Bob Harland
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    An interesting point about the direction of lay of the wire luff. I cannot see that it would make much odds either way, there will be a turning force on the wire when you furl and unfurl.
    As far as fixing the eye or block on the foredeck I think this should be secured with a backing pad. There is some advice on doing this courtesy of Colin Parkstone;
    http://wayfarer.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=618

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    Thank you for the replies

    #7591
    Dave Bevan
    Member

    I agree with Bob that the ‘unwinding’ of the luff wire probably isn’t significant, but it is enough to apply a significant turning force on the forestay stand-off, to the point where the forestay fouls in the sail as we try to furl. This may be a result of cheeper furler, rather than the wire.
    Having said all that, I don’t know which is the right way either!

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