Storm Jibs or storm sails stabilise boats and increase their visibility in bad weather. If you are sailing offshore then it is wise to carry a storm jib with you. At Pirates Cave we offer the excellent Brainbridge Storm jibs which are equipped with quick snaps and so can be easily hanked on any forestay. The storm jibs are fashioned in bright, fluorescent fabric for the maximum visibility.
Brainbridge Storm Jibs are available in three sizes to suit vessels up to 44 feet (13m) in length. A storm jib should be no longer than 13.5% of the foretriangle height squared and the area should not exceed 5% of the foretriangle height squared.
Storm jibs are often somewhat buried on board, hidden behind equipment which is believed to be more important or used more regularly. However, they are better stowed in a manner that makes them easy to locate and ready to use. It is also important to do a dry run before you set sail with your storm jib so that when the time comes, the sail is easy to deploy. Practice deploying the sail, mark sheeting positions and note any issues at this time to avoid difficulties when you actually need the jib. If you are sailing offshore single handed then it is best to have the storm job rigged and ready to go rather than stowed.
If you have any questions about storm jibs then we are always happy to help you make the right choice. Pop in to see us or give us a call for further information