RE: F20, F18, or Oly F17 infusion setup. Anybody done this with conversion to roller fuller and maintained the halyard lock? Or ideas on what you would do if you were trying to accomplish the same thing?
With a furler, the downhaul – halyard, must be run down the forestay and inside the swivel at the top and furler at the bottom and tied or cleated so that all can spin around the forestay. Due to this, the downhaul on the jib can’t be adjusted on the fly.
To be able to furl, you must have a jib with partial or no battens. Furling the jib with partial battens tends to come undone and normally does this from the top down and beats the jib like crazy while shacking the whole rig. It’s not like a hobie 18 jib with no battens that furls nice and flat.
Rigging the jib sheet is the biggest issue, it takes a lot of line to be able to furl. Extra sheet flopping on the tramp, getting tangle in the Cunningham, spin sheet, spin halyard and sucked into spin blocks can really screw up a nice day sailing.
All this being said, it can be done, it just takes a furler, shorter forestay, different jib halyard, jib cut to be furled, maybe different bridle wires, a different support for the spin pole under the furler, some cheek blocks to mount on the spin pole for turning blocks for the jib sheet, traveler block for jib sheet and cleat for furler line. I'm sure I forgot something. It just doesn’t work very well when the breeze comes up.
Reservoir Sailing Assn.
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DISCLAIMER - I have never been on an infusion but don't understand these issues
unless racing stock - the benefits to having a furling jib are great (IMHO) - mostly to depower your boat if your caught in heavy air
There are ways- using a h18 style furler, and a swivel you can reeve a line through the furler, around a turn block and to a cleat - PITA, and not practical, but possible
- i have a mystere 5.5 and mystere 6.0 - both have furlers, and battened jibs - never once has it been an issue in the ways you mentioned - battens are placed at an angle for furling (these do get a little beat up with age, i have to get the batten pockets repaired occasionally but the jib is pretty much stretched/shot at this time anyway)
- yes, more jib sheet - never once got caught in a downhaul, or spin blocks (but has been fouled on mast base/ easy fix - tie a line from mast to something forward to prevent jib sheet going near mast-ball) - more often my downhaul lines get caught in a spin/jib block
not sure what doesn't work well with wind - my jib works perfect - furls, unfurls, NEVER comes unfurled (unless i break the furling line)
Furlers have their places, specifically distance racing and pleasure sailing. They have been removed from the Infusion, Nacra 20 One Designs, F20's and Nacra 17's for several reasons:
1) Inability to run full length battens which in most conditions result in better sail shape, faster speeds, and longer jib life.
2) Lack of high tension capability on the jib luff with a furler. This is critical for getting a flat entry angle upwind in breeze, but it is a solvable problem.
3) Weight aloft, furling parts are heavier.
4) Complexity, more parts to fail.
5) The mast rakes being run require the jib up to avoid excessive weather helm and potential damage to your rudder system
6) The size of the jibs is relatively tiny compared to the main sail. You can drop a main on the water if required, just don't go hoisting the spinnaker.
7) These are high performance race boats with associated demand in skill. I'm not saying the furlers are bad even for these sailors in certain conditions, i.e distance racing in heavy heavy air, but the cases where that happens are low enough that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.
How often would you furl on the water? For me it's 0%: only for "parking". I just modified the battens so i can furl manually, which is REALLY easy. More than 90% of the benefits (in my case) for less than 10% of the cost. (Not an infusion, if it matters)
I am not a racer - and i sail solo most of the time: I typically leave the beach furled. I like to sail a little bit to make sure everything is secured, running correctly and I can handle the conditions before I unfurl.
During regular sailing, i am typically un-furled but where i sail, the conditions change by the minute. Typically our sea-breeze kicks in around 1pm and the wind either turns, or just builds for hours. If i am over powered, i simply furl, or if pulling out my spin - i furl - or if we are "racing" to the next island stop - when i get there: i furl