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post #9 of Old 06-11-2012
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Glad to see another M24 owner out there!! I have a Harken MkIII furler. I was having similar issues with difficult furling. Found the Root Cause was that the Furling line was wound backwards on the drum. You will be able to furl the jib (with two hands). To correct the issue, i removed the jib. Pulled the furling line out of the drum and re-fed the line, counter-clockwise in my case. Feeding the line between my Big Toe and second toe to keep tension (I was by myself and needed a third hand ;-)). That got me proper tension on the drum. I then motored out into the wind (light breeze). Hoisted the jib. Fell off a bit to allow the jib to fill. Finally i was able to haul on the furling line with my right hand while holding the Port jib sheet with my left hand to keep tension for a nice tight furl. Just to let you know...there is a Mirage 24 users group on Yahoo where we share maint tips, pitures & stories( You'll love your Mirage!! She is very fast!!
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