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Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates
This one is reputed to be better than CDI but very inexpensive.
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Harken is reputed to be the easiest to self install of the "real" furlers.
The CDI and Aladous do not have a top swivel which makes them much less expensive.
They work ok but you can get better tension and sail shape with a furler that has a top swivel.
In all cases you should check with your sailmaker to find out how much it will cost to remake your sail. It will certainly be a few hundred so you sail has to be worth putting that much into it.
Also if you head stay is not wonderful this is a good time to replace it as it will be hidden and harder to survey.
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It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.