The previous owner of our boat had roller-reefing gear fitted (Plastimo 406), together with a new (150%?) genoa. When the furling gear was fitted, one of his stipulations was that he should be able to continue to use his hanked-on sails. He was given a bunch of these (Which slide nicely into the groove on the RR foil) but didn't know what to do with them (he wasn't the keenest sailor - he was selling the boat to buy a jet-ski [img]/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]).
The hanked-on sails that came with the boat seem to be (mostly) in very good nick, particularly the 100% and 80% jibs, and there's an unused 40 sq ft. Rockall storm jib.
Q1) I presume that the piston hanks need to be removed from the sail, and these attached instead (stitched tape, plastic shackle, lashing, etc.), rather than just hanking on to these?
Q2) How strong are they likely to be? Is it sufficient to attach one where each hank came from?
Q3) I'm aware of the 'issues' (PC -eh?) of trying to change a jib in conditions which have already resulted in reefing, but which of the above sails would be the best complement to the 150% Genoa? (For example to set before leaving the mooring if conditions looked a bit heavy.)
Q4) (sorry) Would you use these for the storm jib (only 5 hanks)? If not, is there any way I could make use of it (no baby stay, or 2nd forestay, but spare halyard. No other storm jib).
Phew! If you've got this far - Thanks!
Andy (22' Newbridge Venturer)