I was spending a few days cleaning and tidying the boat (that generally happens when I am trying to work in total chaos, can't find anything and keep falling over half finished projects). In order to kill the monotony I stuck a 2.5" piece of PVC through the bow roller to simulate a removable sprit, and voila;
I will have it manufactured in stainless or aluminum Schedule 80, keeping in mind that 6ft of Sched 80 SS pipe will weigh 50lbs while aluminum will weigh 15lbs - suggestions welcome. I will definitely add a short bobstay and possibly side guys.
Practical Sailor did an article on foil-less furlers this month, well worth a look;