- Oct 21, 2014
Good morning. I have been having some issues with my roller reefing for some time now and am at a loss for a fix. This is the older style reefing system that has the wire sewed into the jib. There is a "claw" on the top of the system that hooks onto the fore stay. It is made of two open stainless steel U shaped pieces that you twist sideways and slip on the fore stay. The problem I have been having is that if you when you unfurl or furl the jib, the upper bearing (which is very smooth by the way) wraps around the forestay and really messes things up. I sail in some heavy weather and really need the ability to reef quickly. If there was a way to hold the bearing assembly away from the fore stay then there would not be a problem, but the two components converge at the mast head and there is just not enough room to keep the two from getting tangled. I was at the marina yesterday doing some winterizing and notice that some of the boats look like they are not using a fore stay but using the wire in the jib to support the mast. I can only see one single stay which is the furling system. This could be a more modern system designed to somehow use the jib stay to support the mast and allow furling. Does anyone have any experience in this regard? Thanks so much for any help.