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Hunter 260 - Better option than roller reefing jib in heavy wind?

Discussion in 'Smaller Boats' started by Tyler Rippel, Feb 8, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    6,355 posts, 485 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA
    Your confirmation is correct so you can winch line in and then tie to cleat. Tyler’s setup is correct as he has a jam cleat in that situation as when he uses the winch and lets it go it is holding. Now I have a better idea he was in high winds for being new to the boat he should go on reefed main only but best advice if that too strong wind for being new again 25 over, stay at the dock

  2. MaxinCalgary


    Joined Apr 8, 2013
    149 posts, 7 likes
    Hunter 260
    CN Nanaimo
    I sail my boat solo often in 25kts. The standard setup for the jib sheets is not correct . I added a fairlead to the forward cleats. Wrap the winch and lock out the forward cleat . Cleat after the winch which is not then loaded as the load is wrapped around the winch.
    Next time sailing , try just tying a piece of rope thru the cleat to lock them open . Next add extra wraps to the winch and sail . This way you will not have the jib sheets jammed under load .

  3. bmorr


    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    37 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 26
    US Pueblo Lake CO
    On my H26, I installed cam cleats on the vertical surface behind the winch. it works well.

  4. Chuck C.

    Chuck C.

    Joined May 17, 2017
    25 posts, 2 likes
    Hunter H260
    CA Prince George
    I am by no means an expert but from the picture it almost looks like the starboard cam cleat is installed backwards? The jaws should open to aft not forward. If that is the case it will pop out for sure.
    You still have the covers on the winch which tells me you are not using the winch to carry some of the load on the jib sheets. I always lock the sheet in the cam and then put a couple of wraps around the winch.

  5. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    6,355 posts, 485 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA

    can you supply a photo or two what you are talking about. Sometimes I may have missed something which many of us do. I wouold appreciate it. Thank you sir and also for your contributions to the forum.