My Hood 810 Sea Furl "Blew apart" last weekend. (metal fatigue caused the bottom of the drum to come off. The bearing went everywhere ) On Monday I e-mailed hood asking for information on parts. Still Haven't heard anything. In the meantime I remembered a letter written by a reader to Practical Sailor that mentioned the Alado. Got an e-mail back from them the same day. Hmmmmmm...already kickin Hood in the butt.
Has anyone else used the Alado? The site has the installation directions and they seem very easy. Also the Alado seems to have fewer moving parts which seems to me to translate into more reliable. My concern with it is that the halyard is tied to the base of the furler instead of the unit using a swivel. Does this work well? Please hurry and reply. I need to get something ordred ASAP so I don't miss anymore sailing than absolute necessary. Gotta feed that addiction I have to wind.