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Converting sails to furler

Discussion in 'Ask A Macgregor Owner' started by hoosierdoc, Nov 27, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. hoosierdoc


    Joined Sep 6, 2018
    9 posts, 0 likes
    hunter 240
    US indianapolis
    i have a new to me roller furler I hope to use next year. Does anyone have advice on converting a sail from hanked to taped for a furler?

    Is it better to buy a new sail or convert existing? My sails are nowhere near new...

    And should I just do a large head sail only?

  2. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    3,892 posts, 1,909 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    Hey, a new member. Welcome. I hope you have been finding what you need here.
    What do you have for a hank-on now?
    It should not be hard to convert.
    I don't know why Barton Marine doesn't remove the hanks, but the above link shows one way to do it.

    I would think you would want to take this opportunity to get a new sail also. Your pointing ability will improve. No need to get a larger sail than what you normally wish to sail with. As you furl (reef) a roller furling jib, you lose the efficiency of the shape. The camber becomes more pronounced and running close hauled gets harder to do. So I would not get over sized, just to have it accessible. Get the size you will pull out under most circumstances.

    -Will (Dragonfly)

  3. Ron20324


    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    6,624 posts, 764 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    When I put a furler on my O'Day 222, I took the OEM jib to a loft to add luff tape. The guy said nothing, but once the job was done and sail on the boat, I found it would not roll up "properly" due to the large headboard still in place. I took it to sell at Bacons, and bought a sail there that had the sun panel and proper size luff tape. And it was big- certainly a 150 for my boat, maybe bigger. Playing with it, I found I could sheet it to the WINDWARD cabin-top cleat. It did'nt even touch the leeward shrouds. Not that I used it that way, but found out I could.

  4. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,147 posts, 963 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS

    Other Hunter 240 sailors would know, but you want to keep the sailplan balanced. Larger isn't always better (in boats anyway). If the sails are old, money might be better spent on a new one already cut for the furler. Either way, any loft will know what needs to be done.

  5. Dave Groshong

    Dave Groshong SBO Staff Staff Member

    Joined Jan 25, 2007
    1,360 posts, 104 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Seattle
    IMHO, sails are only worth converting if they are 7+ out of 10 condition. The UV cover is the main expense, so if you're daysailing and trailering, you might be able to skip that.
    Minney's Yacht Surplus and are good places to look for used, we would love to build you a new one!

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  6. Tsatzsue


    Joined May 16, 2011
    464 posts, 35 likes
    Macgregor V-25
    US Charlton, MA- Trailer
    I recently got a CDI furler. My head sail -130 genoa- was a hank on. I removed the hanks and removed the grommets from the sail. The ends were surprisingly clean and not frayed It had enough of a luff wire in the sail to fit the groove perfectly. A little tight but I keep it on the foil. I used some food grade silicone spray and it slid right on. It was a classic. Did it all in my kitchen and hallway. Best mod I ever did. No ore walk of death when reducing sail in any kind of weather. I just bought a sock from Lee Sailcovers for when I trailer. Real nice. I keep it on the mast when trailering.

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