How to Rig a Storm Jib for Heavy Weather Sailing!

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9 Responses to “How to Rig a Storm Jib for Heavy Weather Sailing!”

  1. Any body knows where to buy option 3 storm jib ?

  2. thanks for the comment!

  3. very useful! Thanks a lot!

  4. I see, excellent point. Thanks for the reply!

  5. Ah, good point. That could be a very bad day. Thanks!

  6. I would not use a Genoa in winds over about 20-25 knots. The Genoa foot will continue to rise as you furl. This keeps the sail in higher velocity winds aloft. Also, the potential for jamming increases as winds increases. In addition, if you needed to lower the sail altogether, this may be quite difficult because of the friction of the luff inside the extrusion. A well designed storm jib will get you to windward in near gale or gale conditions, and can be hoisted and lowered with ease.

  7. Fine in fresh breeze, but push that wind speed up to 40 knots and you run the risk of the genoa unfurling creating a hazardous situation. If I had roller furling on the head sail, I would add an additional forestay (Option 2) for situations like this.

  8. Why can’t a roller furler genoa be used, but just shortened? I did this a few days ago in 4 foot seas and 20+ knot winds, worked well. I just rolled the genoa in until it was the right size for the conditions, about 75%. Not the same as a storm jib, but it worked fairly well. However, the sail shape was not ideal.

  9. Very good and simple tip! Thanks again.