Before re-hoisting the bowman doesn't need to remove the headsail from the luff grove, he just has to open the prefeeder and close it around the luff tape. To open, simply push the spring with your thumb, the jaws will open automatically. To close, squeeze the jaws together between thumb and fingers, until the spring reengages.
The prefeeder can be easily installed below any headsail foil or headsail reefing configuration. In the closed position, it ensures a smooth and easy sail hoist.
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Comments about Wichard Opening Luff Rope Prefeeder:
When you need to do a quick sail change, open the prefeeder, drop the sail. Tee up the next sail, close the prefeeder on the luff and hoist. It's much faster than having to feed the sail through a conventional prefeeder. The faster you're on and off the bow, the happier everyone is. I have been using this on a 35' and 50' for almost two years and wouldn't race without it.