I think Open60s do it, too. If I remember correctly Boris Herrmann had to climb his mast to sort out furler issues. I would carefully look at the benefits vs disadvantages. What do you gain?Question for the Class 40 knowledgeable: I have been told that some (many?) class 40s use a structural jib furler and simply lash the head of the jib to the top swivel. You need to take the sail down, you go up the mast.
I have discussed doing this on my own boat (an f31 tri) with a number of knowledgeable sailors here in the PNW, and the reaction has been.... cautious. I suspect that they are being polite, while thinking that I have a screw loose. They always bring up the issue of "what happens if the furler fails, and you can't get the sail down".
This worry seems to be codified in the safety equipment regulations promulgated by US Sailing (and largely copied by my local organizing authorities): Section 3.35 says: "A boat shall not be rigged with any halyard that requires a person to go aloft in order to lower a sail". This in contrast to the Offshore Special Regulations promulgated by World Sailing, which now say, in Section 3.25(b) "No halyard shall be locked lashed or otherwise secured to the mast in a way that requires a person to go aloft in order to lower a sail in a controlled manner, except for a headsail in use with a furling device."
Does any one know if it is true that this form of structural furler is used the the Class 40s, and if so, have there been any problems that would justify what appears to be a prohibition of the lashed head structural furler by US Sailing?
Has anyone made a run at getting US Sailing to change their rule to track the World sailing rule?
Boats I've sailed with tack down systems, (if you have a halyard lock for example) they usually come back to the pit. So you'd be winch and constrictor or clutch.I am just thinking through what it will entail to get some additional luff tension as the wind rises-- i.e. go to the bow, try to hand tension a 4:1 tackle, and some how cleat it off and then stow the tail of the tackle. Couple of cranks on a winch is a LOT quicker and easier...
I might be biased, but that just looks hot and functional to me. There is something about the lines that just speaks solidity and survivability. Would be awesome in fresh conditions with a big swell, put that volume in the bow to work.View attachment 441556 Palanad is visiting Hamble at the moment, it’s the first time I’ve seen one of the new scow generation 40s and I couldn’t get over the size of the bow area. Also how low they’ve managed to get the CoG. Other things I like include the coachroof covered with a giant solar panel. Mighty impressive thing
yea, that's pretty sweet looking.I might be biased, but that just looks hot and functional to me. There is something about the lines that just speaks solidity and survivability. Would be awesome in fresh conditions with a big swell, put that volume in the bow to work.