FURL POWER

SAIL - - Experience Under Sail -

If you’ve never heard of Ubi Maior, check out the equip­ment list of Emi­rates Team New Zealand’s Cup-win­ning cata­ma­ran and you’ll see the name there. The highly re­garded Ital­ian sail­ing hard­ware com­pany is new to the U.S. mar­ket and one of its sig­na­ture prod­ucts is the Jiber, a unique head­sail furler that does not de­pend on an alu­minum ex­tru­sion to har­ness the luff of the sail. In­stead, the furler is in­te­gral to a rod (or anti-tor­sion fiber) forestay that ro­tates to re­duce sail. The sail is at­tached to the forestay with soft hanks or a zip bag, so can be dropped and hoisted just like a han­ked-on sail; luff ten­sion can be ad­justed, and the sail can be reefed. Up to 60lb of weight aloft is saved by not us­ing an ex­tru­sion, along with a re­duc­tion in windage and drag, so this furler is bound to prove pop­u­lar with per­for­mance-minded sailors. There are three sizes, with choices of end­less line or con­ven­tional furl­ing drums, to suit boats from 30ft to 52ft. Sam­ple price $2,770 (30-37ft boat). Ubi Maior/Euro Ma­rine Trad­ing, eu­ro­marine­trad­ing.com

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