sorry guys,i tried the search engine, but it's not working. my small mind needs more answers! can any jib be made self tending? i have seen the curved aluminum boomkins( or is it a club?)and i understand why they are anchored about a third of the jib's foot aft towards tack. i am wondering if one could make one out of wood, laminated for the curved section and birds mouth style to get it up to the tack. would the system work if just loose footed and the boomkin/club was simply straight going right to the tack from the deck? i realize the boomkin also keeps the jib from hiking up, but is it paramount to have a certain amount to the jib's foot attatched to the spar, just because it is self tending?