When Ted Hood invented the roller-furling/reefing device over 40 years ago, he changed the course of sailing. No longer did the cruising sailor have to go to the bow to change sails, getting wet and bounced around in the process; instead, he or she could now remain in the cockpit and pull a furling line to make the sail smaller or go away completely.
Since Ted’s invention, naturally we at HOOD Sailmakers have been at the forefront of innovative design, engineering and fabrication of headsails intended to being used in roller-furling/reefing devices. Today, there are many details that go into providing you with a well-built and well-designed roller/reefing genoa. We outline our detailed process below to give you an idea of the many aspects we consider in building your sail.