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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:07 pm 
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Has anyone besides "halibu77" tried making and using this roller furling system for the hobie kayak sail option?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzuizPhw ... feature=iv

URL link above may not work so try "http://youtube.com" and search for;
"HOW TO CLOSE THE HOBIE MIRAGE KAYAK SAIL"
by "halibu77"

Looks to be very do-able and very cool!!!

CBull


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 7:28 pm 
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I had previously seen Halibu77's furling technique and thought it was a good, simple solution. However, I think I was exposed to stringy's technique first... so I went with that. This technique can be seen here: viewtopic.php?f=32&t=8455

To be honest, it looks like Halibu77's version is simpler and cheaper, though I'm not 100% clear on how it's actually working. I think his system relies on the sail to spin around the mast. Stringy's version requires the entire mast to spin. Which is better? I'm not sure.

I may actually try the Halibu77 version just for kicks. Either way, I would definitely add a block or other guide off to the right to keep your lines organized. I've attached picture of my boat (2010 Oasis) for illustration.

Below: Here's the system with the sail furled. The block with blue line is my sheet. The red furling line simply passes through the shackle that holds the block.
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Below: I added a clam cleat to hold the main sheet taught. I double-use the standard side clam cleat for the rudder line and the thin furling line.
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Below: Here you can see the sail open and being used. Notice the furling line wrapped around the mast. Also notice that the pedals are totally clear of any lines.
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Below: Close up of the system with the sail open and in use.
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