Slycat777 2:03pm, 20 December 2012
Anyone got an idea of cost for conversion of a jib to roller furling?

Found a jib that would work for a good price just wondering how much it'll cost to convert (to compare to just waiting till I find a roller jib for sale!)

rothwell_neil 6 years ago
I paid £120 for luff to be changed and sacrificial strip to be added.
blueachilles Posted 6 years ago. Edited by blueachilles (member) 6 years ago
Blue's genoa was a deck scraper, and we had it cut down by quite a bit, as well as altering the luff, and fitting a UV strip. They also moved/added some reinforcing patches. £280 at SKB Sails in Penryn.

Can't remember how much the furling gear was, but we went for Plastimo which we find works perfectly well.

Best thing we have ever done to the boat (the lazyjacks come a close second)

Incidentally, the smaller jib doesn't seem to have made any difference to the performance.
Slycat777 6 years ago
Thanks guys, very helpful.

Even tho this jib was fairly cheap sounds like the cost of getting it converted would be similar to buying a second hand furling sail!
Slycat777 6 years ago
Actually, another question on the samieish topic.

My plastimo roller reefing has 6.5mm diameter hole for luff rope.

I assume this means sails with 6mm luff rope will work, will 5mm be ok too?
rothwell_neil Posted 6 years ago. Edited by rothwell_neil (member) 6 years ago
Think it should be OK as I had a 4 or 5mm wire luff, certainly wasn't a 6mm wire luff and that was on a plastimo.

One thing about getting another sail, be aware that the Achilles has a short mast and low aspect sails compared to many boats. also the Genoa has a long foot because of this. Don't want to get a too high profile sail as you may be short of low end grunt. I had a 140% genny made for Emily and thought this was a better sail than the 150%.
NormanKlipspringer 6 years ago
If the bolt rope is 6mm,when you add the thickness of the sail then I would have thought that 6.5mm hole was too small. As Neil says I think 5mm rope would be the max you could get away with.
By the time the sail is on the secondhand market I would question whether it was worth buying - unless you know the history. Why is it on the market - fabric stretched, uv affected and liable to tear easily. Could be good money after bad. If there is a sacrificial strip then this may have protected the sail making its replacement worth while.
busy home [deleted] 6 years ago
Slycat maybe 3/4 rig still ..
Slycat777 6 years ago
Yup, still 3/4.

Very good tip about the bolt rope dia, will look for 5mm only.

I'll get a new sail some day, just need something to keep me going till then. Thanks guys.
busy home [deleted] 6 years ago
Tell me the hoist. l will have a look.
rothwell_neil 6 years ago
Just for info I have a lovely No3 that I use on my furling gear with plastic slides. You can use existing hank ons with slides, they do not roll up that well but to be honest they work well when fully unfurled, are rubbish for sailing with a few turns in but are not much different when fully rolled up You may well get a full season in without changing by buying some plastimo slides. You can still change just like a normal hank on and the only downside is that they are rubbish reefed, still good to put a way and easy to deploy.
Vidwatts 6 years ago
I'm looking at doing the same to the large Crusader genoa that I inherited from Malcolm when I bought Aeolus from him.

I've just had a price indicated to me (not a formal quote): a luff recut is around £90.00 if there is still some reinforcing at head and tack remaining .Its another £30 if they have to repatch. A sacrificial strip £150.00. (All prices are plusVAT )

I'm looking at a Sailspar furling system - partially because Plastimo went bust but also I like the single-line system and the low profile drum.
Skykomish E29 Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Skykomish E29 (member) 6 years ago
We have a Sailspar on Skykomish and agree that the single line works well as there is less chance of fouling the line the only worry that I do have is that I can't splice braided rope and when it needs replacing this is what looks as if it is needed, unless of course you can get the line off by disassembling the drum that way I can get it spliced elsewhere professionally and then refit,
Didn't know Plastimo have gone the way of many......oh dear
David, have you asked Crusader what they would charge to adapt the sail as they were the ones who made it and have always provided good service at a reasonable price
Slycat777 6 years ago
Thanks Ron,

My forestay length is :
21' 10''

The foot is roughly
9' 4"

If you've anything close I'll pop down and get exact measurements

Neil, that's an amazing tip, didnt even know that was possible. I may keep an eye out for hank ons now too.
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