Has anyone built Victorian-style wooden roller jib reefing, and if so how? To be clear, I want to achieve a system which sits around, but does not install in series with, the forestay, so its bearings don't carry the staying tension. As a result it would simply rest on a bottom bearing of some kind, with the sail luff being tensioned to the top of the roller, not to the masthead. I accept you can't get a bar-taut luff this way. Sail is 54 sq ft, luff length 15ft.
I am trying to avoid a modern (and anachronistic) off-the-shelf unit, whilst approaching its reliability, i.e., I don't want much! I already have Wykeham-Martin bronze furling gear on my present 15ft boat, on which it performs staying (and sterling) service. On my new boat (25ft and a bit more sea-going) this is probably not a good
idea, and a separate forestay is not practicable on the design, nor desirable from a potential entanglement point of view should everything get out of control.
Questions I have: How to form the lower bearing? What timber for the roller? Presumably laminated in 2 parts after planing/routing out the centre hole and luff slot. How to attach the top of the luff wire? How best to achieve low friction & wear between roller and stay?
[ 11-28-2004, 06:18 PM: Message edited by: Dick Wynne ]