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Harken MK-IV Furler - What I like...
Last spring I installed the new Harken MK-IV furler. It was a brand new model so I did not want to be premature with a one season review. Well, after a full season, all be it short compared to many in warmer climes, we have put about 2100nm on it with zero issues. It has worked flawlessly and it installed easily.
One feature I really like is the ability to keep and have access to a head stay turnbuckle.
This is how user friendly the Harken MK-IV really is:
Step one: Loosen these four bolts and pop the retainer plate out off the corresponding notch on the foil (you do not need to take them all the way out, just loose, a NICE feature to prevent losing the bolts):
Step two: Remove this pin and slide the drum up the foil and snug down the previous four screws to hold the drum up and out of the way:
Step 3: Adjust your turnbuckle! Yes it's that easy!!!
P.S. The ONLY thing I do NOT like about this unit is the CRAPPY furler line it comes with!! Harken are you listening? This has been a MAJOR complaint with just about everyone I know who owns a MK-IV. This black line with red tracer SUCKS!!!
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 11-21-2008 at 08:27 PM.