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Re: Help unfurling an in mast furling mainsail on a 2008 Hunter 31
There have been several times when in Free mode, with a partially reefed main and good tension on the reefing lines / outhaul - all rope clutches were fully closed, that the sail has unfurled in a gust. To prevent this, I always switch to ratchet before reefing. Unfortunately, I cannot decipher the proper technique from the Selden manual or their web site.
To furl the main, I agree with you - there needs to be some resistance. I, or another crew member applies resistance by placing one or two turns of the outhaul around the winch, and then plays out the outhaul by hand.
Finally, we don't work at the mast -- my winch handle is too long and it hits the rigid vang.
Thanks -- cb
Last edited by cjb; 08-13-2013 at 11:11 AM.