Thanks, I’ll experiment a bit and let the group know what I figure out.
Yes we are finally starting our SPac cruise, first leg to Turks and Caicos, thru the Caribbean, Belize, Panama, and thru the Canal. Will probably go S this Summer to Ecuador and spend some time in S America, then on to the S Pac next Spring.
It seems that no matter how much prep is done, there are always delays like this jib furler problem. I’m trying not to get too frustrated and hope that finances don’t cut our journey short.
Iris is a good sport and contributes greatly to my state of mind. She’s also got a great mind for problem-solving and we are becoming a good team. I’m confident we will be in your neck of the woods in a few years as long as the finances don’t give out.
All the best,
Kent & Iris
I haven't had to use it so can't answer the tension thing, but if you consider the posts on the mainsail out-haul it would seem that more tension would help.Likewise the type of rope could be an issue. Ordinary polyester braid would be good for this application since stretch is not an issue. For tension I could imagine a few wraps on the idle winch and holding the tail in one hand while grinding on the other winch with the self tailer engaged would be the method but of course for me that is but a theory.
All the best for the new year. Are you still planning voyaging to the South Pacific?
Mangonui New Zealand
Yes, Danny, the line is crossed after it leaves the drum. Do I have to keep a lot of pressure on both sides of the line while furling and unfurling? When single-handing, cranking on one side, tailing on the other side, and tailing the sheet to get a reasonably tight furl leaves me one hand short. Admittedly, I’ve only tried it a couple of times so I may not have figured out something obvious. What’s the trick?
Thank you Duane, I’ll let you know what I find...hope that’s the problem!
Kent & Iris
Hi Kent, when you run the manual furling line do you cross it after it leaves the pulley on the forestay. If not you are losing a big part if the rope/ pulley contact friction.