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Ubi Maior Jib Furler

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I spotted some sweet new-to-me gear by Italian company Ubi Maior while lusting over the photos of the J121 in the link Blur posted over in the Jboat forum:  http://www.blur.se/2017/09/26/j121-provsegling-newport-detaljer/ .   The jib furler looks especially interesting in that it requires no foil.  To me, that is a big advantage for shorthanded sailing, because eliminating the foil has some significant advantages - sails are much easier to hoist and douse, jib is more controlled when on the deck (the luff stays fully attached), you can actually see the headstay, and of course much lower weight aloft.  Anyone seen or have anything to share re UM gear?

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Thx.  Great article that highlights all of the benefits I see (and more) of the Jiber.  I probably ought to just get a subscription to SH.  Christmas is coming! 

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Looked at there site no link to Furlers.  I currently have a harken Unit 0. I'm assuming I just take the sail and add soft shackles to it. DO they make them for small boats like J100?

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11 minutes ago, Gracious said:

Looked at there site no link to Furlers.  I currently have a harken Unit 0. I'm assuming I just take the sail and add soft shackles to it. DO they make them for small boats like J100?

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I have a tufluf foil now and have been thinking of adding a furler to make day sails and family sailing easier. Been debating between the Harken MKIV and the Facnor FD, but this looks like an interesting option too. 

Looking at the manufacturer's website, it looks like they make versions for rod and composite headstays. Didn't see a mention of wire headstays. Anyone know if that is an option as well? 

For existing sails, I assume the soft hanks be added over an existing tape? I haven't used hanks in forever,  so, headsail changes when racing are bare headed?  

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So, if I'm seeing this right, the furler is imparting the furling torsion onto the luff of the sail? Thoughts on how this will affect sail shape with long term usage? 

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Anther option for furlers for hanked sails is Bartels ( bartels.eu ). Not as funky as ubi-maior but solid German engineering and they work very well.

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One thing I dont like about the Bartels furler for rod rigging is the fact that you have to create a divot in the rod head for a set screw. Clearly it works, but it just makes me a little uneasy.

It looks like the Ubi-Maior furler would require a similar modification to the rod.

 

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59 minutes ago, mgs said:

One thing I dont like about the Bartels furler for rod rigging is the fact that you have to create a divot in the rod head for a set screw. Clearly it works, but it just makes me a little uneasy.

It looks like the Ubi-Maior furler would require a similar modification to the rod.

 

The rod for the Jiber requires the rod to be headed with an elliptical shaped die, resulting in the rod head fitment to the collet and "lock in",  allowing the transfer of torque without compromising structural integrity. 

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5 hours ago, RImike said:

The rod for the Jiber requires the rod to be headed with an elliptical shaped die, resulting in the rod head fitment to the collet and "lock in",  allowing the transfer of torque without compromising structural integrity. 

That sounds like a better method; however, I still have reservations applying torque to something that wasn’t meant to take any. 

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