CDI Roller Furler

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CDI Roller Furler

My  CDI roller furler has arrived. However looking at it, it seems like its incompatible with my 'hank on' jib. Even if I were to remove the hanks, the boltrope at the luff head is just too large to fit into the boltrope slot (apologies if I'm using incorrect terms-I'm still getting the hanfg of sailing lingo). Can I substitue slugs for the hanks or does this only work on a mainsail? If necessary I can buy a new jib but I'd like to use the current jib if possible (it's a Hyde sail). 

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Jib on roller furling

Nick, my experience with a CDI roller on a P15 is it was rolled up in a big loose coil when I picked the boat up at the factory, and the jib was folded up in a bag.  The jib had a boltrope and it was fed into the roller assembly and tied off at both ends.  I do remember working with a rather tight fit while feeding in the boltrope, but it did fit.  My sails are North Sails so I don't know how different they would be compared to Hyde sails.

If you are still having issues getting it to fit, I would contact IM.  They have been quite helpful in the past when I ran into various fitting issues.

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Thanks Dan, I've ordered a

Thanks Dan, I've ordered a new jib from JudyB. I concluded the two systems are mutually incompatible. I've also submitted a query to IM on another matter-fitting the CDI. Did you have to shorten your CDI before installing it? I've done a test fit of mine, with the gray furler strip at it's 'as supplied' length the halyard fitting bumps the mast when rotated. I figure I'll need to cut off 1.5" to get a good fit. The alternative would be to reposition the forestay shackle slightly higher up the mast (it's currently level with the side stay shackles). Either option is easy but both are irreversible (holes in mast or a too short furler). I've asked JudyB-still waiting to hear back.
Any idea's?

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Something doesn't sound right

Something doesn't sound right, cutting 1.5" off doesn't sound very good at all.  I didn't have to shorten anything to make mine work but I wasn't trying to retrofit a CDI onto my boat like you are doing, it came ready from the factory.  My hunch is Judy B will get you up and running.  Also there are a lot more eyes looking at the WWP forum at trailersailors than on here so you might try posting something there, maybe you already have and I haven't seen it yet.

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We just had some work done on our CDI furler and forestay setup. Kendall Blake at Praire Sails, here in Eugene was quite a help. We had a tapered window sewn into our 150 Genoa. He is also a Hyde dealer and converses with Judy. He is at (541) 338-9877 and may be helpful, too. I'd say you are on the right track with Judy B. My mention of Kendall is that he may be close enough to you to run up and look at your rig. He just came to the marina, after we launced, and helped me develop a tuning plan for my Sanibel, which runs a Potter rig. His prices are very reasonable. Dave

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CDI Furler

Thanks Dave,

I appreciate the advice; as it happens we have friends in Eugene who wanted to see the Potter, maybe I can kill two birds with one stone.

BTW just complete my first sail in my potter, still trying to take it all in

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My troublesome Jib

 I got the new jib from Judy B (who was super helpful). It turns out my boat had a 150% genoa, apparently a previous owner had bought custom sails, possibly they hadn't understood that the 150% needed differant blocks. This explains the strangely 'full' profile of the jib and how it was well neigh impossible to tack (I had to resort to doing 270 degree jibes). It would however move like a scalded cat when reaching. A more experienced sailer would have spotted the problem straight away; I knew something wasn't right, my main kept being backwinded, butI just assumed it was my bad sailing.

BTW I also found I'd not tensioned the stays correctly (too slack)- I found an article by Jerry Barrileaux on correctly setting up the mast (which racked it back -making room for the CDI furler). So the furler now fits, the jib also fits, now I'm just waiting for the winds to come back in the fall.