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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 8:03 am 
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I just ordered three i9S kayaks with turbo fins, sailing rudder and sail kit for each.

I know that the sail kit for the inflatables has a forestay and shrouds (for obvious reasons). Unless there is a very creative method to do so, I think the standing rigging will preclude any form of furling.

Is there any way to reef the sail (or to furl it) short of actually unstepping the mast? I thought about running some very lightweight lines around the sail (through the clew and passing through some kind of fairlead at a point of equal height on the opposite side of the mast). That way, I could pull on the line and reef the sail against the mast (sort of like a vertical lazy jack system).

I don't know if my idea would work, and even if it did it would be a fairly clumsy and messy way to reef.

I would really like to be able to have full reefing control over the sail without having to unstep. Any ideas?

PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 11:20 pm 
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Location: Germany

my kajak is the i12s. I roll the sail backwards from the end where the sheet holds the sail towards to the mast. I don't have to put off the sheet from the sail. It is long enough. After rolling, I fix it with a bungee strap around the mast as hight as possible. The problem is the sailbatten. After rolling, there stays a little "bag" on the top of the rolled sail but it works by lighter winds and also for a rest. It doesn't flap. For a longer period I unstep the mast and then I roll the sail completly around the mast and tow it to the holders from the paddle with two bungee straps. That works fine also on the water. If this works also on the i9s (length) I don't know.

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