New Self Tacking Jib - A Game Changer!

New self tacking jib

February 17th, 2020

19/03/2020 Update: Weta#1000+ now shipping
Installation Guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/156A_X9mykd9lhbzFHpf-QQl9K2OUO4z0-syhzWrTjvE/edit?usp=sharing

The first batch of new self tacking jib kits for Weta #1000+ will be ready for shipping in less than 3 weeks. The kits include everything you need to go sailing (hardware/ropes/jib/track).

We will send out an installation guide. No cutting is required just glue on using a marine construction adhesive. We recommend Bostik Simson MSR Construction Adhesive SSKF or Fix 15 from FixTech.

Self tacker kits for China manufactured Weta (Weta #1-999) is underway and will be available soon.

Self tacking jib sails come in standard blue trim.
Track moulding colours other then white and grey will need to be preordered.

Contact your local dealer to order https://www.wetamarine.com/where-to-buy/

FAQ:

What is the retail price?
RRP USD 999 + shipping (not including local taxes).

What is the sail area of the self tacking jib?
3.0sqm. Around 6% less sail area than the standard jib at 3.2sqm.

What is the performance of the self tacking jib?
Very little performance loss, if any. Simple 2:1 purchase. Many gains in terms of ease of boat handling. You have another pair of hands available when tacking and gybing. No need to trim the jib everytime you tack. Cockpit free of jib sheets with only 2m of central self tacking sheet. Standard jib sheet with 2:1 purchase is about 9m. 

Is the self tacking jib adjustable?
Yes, using the cleat on the mast.

I have a hinged mast base, can I install the self tacking jib?
The hinged mast base needs to be adjusted before the self tacker can be installed, contact info@wetamarine.com for instructions. 

Can I use my existing jib?
No, it is a different cut of sail, specially designed for the self tacking unit.  However you can revert back to standard jib configuration with the self tacking unit installed.

Can a new Weta from the factory come fitted with a self tacking jib?
Yes

Roller furling jib possible?
It is not possible to combine a roller furler with a self tacker.
- the drum required for a furling jib makes it too high to get it low enough for the self tacking sheeting angle.
- a furling jib has to be a restrictive cut to allow it to be furled neatly and of course cannot have battens.
- the area of a combination sail would be reduced in size to about 80% of the standard jib and would require a new raised ST molding.
If you leave the jib cleats in place and just add a central fib swivel, you can use a standard jib, furling jib or self tacker. 

 

More photos
Self tacking jib in action: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzrWnehzBrQ 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXIZg0qOlC4 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLFeuyPbvb8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvPfn-MmEjc

Latest setup

Self Tacking Jib (on top) Standard Jib (bottom)

bow pulley attached through forestay holes

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