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post #13 of Old 07-08-2013
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Re: Should a Roller Furler be Hard?

can also be a lead issue. Go up on deck make sure your furling line enters the drum @ 9o dgrs. Then have someone unfurl the sail while you manually lead the line into the drum at 90 DGRS. After the sail is out have your mate ease the sheet all the way out. Then grab the furling line at drum exit and hand pull @ the same 90dgrs. but pulling out. if all operates smoothly then you have furling lead issues. If it doesn't operate smoothly you may look up to see if halyard is wrapping. 3 things that can cause halyard wrap.
1.halyard tension to loose try tightening it up
2. halyard lead to exit box as mentioned earlier
3. worn out upper swivel I've seen them work @ deck level but when hoisted with tension on the the bearing can jam. to check this lower swivel to deck Check if bearings grind when turned or excessive wiggle when rocked back and forth

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