Phyllis is at the dinning room table paying bills. I was sitting in my easy chair rereading an article on the gaff rig from the December 1977 The Practical Boat Owner magazine a friend in Wales sent me a while back.
"I wonder if we should consider self furling head sails for the boat," sez I to the room. Not a good time to bring up additional spending perhaps.
"Absolutly!" sez she without hesitation.
Alright, now what?
Remember Prairie Islander is a 20' gaff rigged cutter that lives on a trailer. Each time we go sailing we spend about 45 minutes rigging and maybe that or more loading at the end of the day. Once afloat the pressure of getting the head sails up falls (or has fallen, maybe there is a different way to approach our respective duties) on Phyllis struggling from the foredeck hatch. It causes more stress than it should and all the pressure she puts on herself. But still...
Anyway, the self furling systems I've seen in the catalogues are pretty high tech things, hardly suitable for our boat. So, what are my options do you think?
Prairie Islander's foredeck:
So sweat up the jib halyard, yet:
[ 11-30-2002, 02:48 PM: Message edited by: NormMessinger ]