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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 10:51 pm 
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Hi all, I now own a 1987 H17 that came with a nice Harken roller furler set-up and a Smyth sail (approx 114" foot, 173" leech, 196" luff). It also came with the spreader bar, halyard, sheet, blocks, & misc stuff.
The guy I got it from said he never used the "jib kit" :) , I don't think he ever took the kit out of the bag that he got with the H17 when he bought it from the last guy.
There were a couple of hand drawn sketches seemingly showing swivel cam cleats and blocks rigged on the rear crossbar, and what looks like a barrel cleat mounted somewhere else. I've been poking around the forum and found a link to reacher or screacher stuff with jib tracks that seem to mount on the hulls.
Well, I just started sailing last year with my Getaway and kinda got it figured out, but I'm not totally sure what I'm getting into with the "jib kit" I have with the H17. I thought I was getting a standard factory "Sport" type jib.

Does anyone have an Idea of what I actually have? And if can be kept furled a bit while sailing up wind?

Thanks for your input. I really enjoy researching our forum.

Dave

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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2010 5:15 am 
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I can't answer a lot of your queries, but I do have the dimensions of the regular jib, kindly passed to me by a forum member.
The luff is 203", leech 194", foot 64". The approximate area is 44 sq. ft. Your sail is near twice that at approx 77 sq.ft!

If you go here: http://www.forward-sailing.co.uk/spinnaker-reacher-c-11 you will see a large reacher that is 22m3, or about 237 sq.ft if my conversion is correct. Your jib would not need to go high like the reacher, but where you sheet it, and how you manage the hull load at the sheet point I'll leave to someone who knows about that stuff.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:41 pm 
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Thanks gmhendo,

I've been sailing my Getaway in the Gulf off of Pensacola all last week. It was great!

Hopefully I can get down to the beach (Chicago's north shore) later in the week and try and figure out the reacher.

If anyone has a decent H17 jib sail for sale I'm interested.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:31 am 
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For your sized sail, I'd look into rigging the sheeting cleats on tracks along the hull rails that hold the tramp to the hull. This is the same configuration that the H18s use. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 5:39 pm 
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Yeah, I saw the cleats & tracks on Murry's site with the roller furling rig kit. It looks tike I may have that kit w/o the tracks.

I still wonder if I can run the reacher half furled........

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