Tom Ray wrote:
I was most interested in the mast insert at the top, which he said they quickly broke. I'm worried about my mast. How to attach something which could hold the jib and still allow furling the main, all without overstressing the mast?
Here's a rig I use to get the mast to act as a fishing outrigger.
Remove sail from mast and duct tape a small alluminum tube to the top For fishing I use a three footer. Fifteen inches tape to the mast, 15 above. You will want a much shorter extension-maybe 3-6 inches.
Then from the al tube run flexible plastic tubing tojust above the furling fixture.
Replace sail and push al tube past the top of the sails strap that fits accross the top of the mast.
Then take a piece of spectra, or even small nylon cord twice this length and run it down the tube so you have a loop. attach your snap for the jib. which you can now run up and down like on a flag pole.
You can only use this rig when the main is unfurled. It's possible to use it with the main furled, but you can then only use thejib. You do this by discoonecting your loop, holding the line outfrom the main and carefully furling.
Note the pull of the sail cannot exceed the breaking strength of your loop.
I posted pics on this somewhere. But CRS.