Hi group - a newbie question here, but after a good bit looking around the forums and whatnot, I still can't quite solve my problem.
I am the proud owner of a 1983 H14T or perhaps a H14 converted to a Turbo. It appears to be a native H14T, but the boat didn't come with a jib furling assembly. There is also no system of blocks to raise/lower the jib. It appears that I'm suppose to simply connect it to the upper forestay before I raise the mast.
Can someone help me on how to rig the jib to the front stay in the absence of a furling assembly? My jib seems to have a lot of excess play in it when connected to the stay/mast shroud lines.
Also...what's the purpose of the little piece of hard/bent wire in the attached picture? Like a human appendix, I can't quite identify its purpose. Should it be pointed in or out?