Roller Furling

Any body out there have the roller furling jib system sold by FSI? Any comments good or bad? I do a lot of single handed sailing and I am considering purchasing the sail and hardware

I'm considering this also. I single hand my Scot 99% of the time. Unlike the racing folks, sailing the Scott alone is all about how to depower the rig. I have started sailing with only a reefed main on days that are to wild to handle main and jib. This allows me to sail in almost all conditions with comfort.

I'm thinking that the roller furler will allow me to get the jib down in a blow by myself.

Love to hear from anyone with experience using the furler.

Marty....When I single hand I use the main only.....I don't have reefing points so I have never reefed........I use alot of vang and raise the board about one-third when going to windward to balance the helm.....It sails like a giant comfortable laser........I would like to have the ability to add the jib in the light stuff without having to go on the foredeck....I am sixty now and I am not as agile as I used to be.

I agree about using the main alone as you do. Reefing just adds the ability to sail in heavy winds or very gusty conditions without fear of capsize. The boat still planes on a reach. It gives you much more time on the water.

There were previous forum questions about the roller furler but as I recall, no one chimed in to tell us how well it works.

Still waiting.[:)]

I have been using the factory roller furler over two years and relatively well pleased. I single hand most of the time and it adds a lot to my ease of sailing. I leave the dock under main alone and unfurl in a snap after I clear the area. On return, I furl the jib just before reaching the dock so I have only the main to deal with as I come alongside. The drum is fastened to the deck just behind the forestay and the furling line does bind on the drum sometimes when bringing the jib in, but I don't see how to set things up any better than they are. My setup is good for furling all the way, not for sailing with a reduced jib. Although I prefer to sail with reefed main and jib when whitecaps become numerous, the Scot handles so well under main alone that I do sometimes just furl the jib if I am caught out instead of heaving to and reefing. Hope this helps.

Lake Norman, NC

I have the furling jib that the factory sells. It's a nice sail. The sail hardward didn't fit without some assistance from a shop, minor adjustment though. The forestay doesn't really hold any pressure because of the drum needing to be offset from it, so the jib holds all the tension of the sail and the mast. The forestay is kind of floppy as a result. Furling makes handling the jib a snap. I can sail with a reduced sail by cleating the furling line using hardware sold with the sail.

I rigged up a system with borrowed hardware that was not really up to the task. I have been considering the furling so that I could sail easily in heavy air. I currently drop the jib and put a jiffy reef in the main and adjust the centerboard. The Schurr main is much flatter than my others and is easier to handke in a blow. My idea is to be able to swap back and forth between a furling and a racing set up. To do this I am thinking of moving the fixed forestay even further forward by drilling an extra hole in the stemhead fitting. Has anyone tried a dual set up? Why is the furler disalloed in racing? Gabor

Because of the cut of the roller furling jib it is probably going to be slower than and standard setup. It's shape can't be fine tuned as well so wouldn't make a very competitive sail for racing.

But even though the furler jib might be slow is not the reason for it not being class legal. That would simply be because the strict one design rules of the Flying Scot Class keep all boats sailing with basically the same equipment. Speed based on the sailors skill and not the boats rig etc. This makes the class very competitive and helps keep the value up even for older boats. If Sandy Douglass had designed the Scot with a furling Jib then we would all have one.

For those of us that mostly or completely day sail and cruise in our Scots.....class legal or not has little effect. We just love sailing a Scot but are always looking for ways to make it easier and safer especially for single handing.