I am considering making a homemade jib furler for my H16 partly due to the fact i solo but mostly for a project.
Found a number of sites with regards to homemade jib furlers I include a couple of links below:http://navigatorjoel.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/how-to-build-roller-furler-for-under-40.htmlhttp://www.duckworksmagazine.com/12/howto/furler/
I understand that the stock jib would need the battens removed for obvious reasons, so as to allow the jib to roll up etc, but I have also seen mentioned the need to employ a sail maker to cut the jib to shape that would be adequate for use.
What exactly does this mean, what shape and changes are made to the stock jib and are they absolutely necessary?
I was also thinking of sourcing an old jib are even small mainsail say from a dinghy and fashion it in someway to be of use as opposed to using my original jib thus keeping it stock and available at least until after testing etc. (Hobie Jibs and mainsails are a little harder to come by here in the UK).
Look forward to your thoughts and suggestions?