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post #19 of Old 06-13-2012
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Re: Roller reefing

As others have noted, the two biggest culprits are getting the halyard wrapped and not having enough tension on the forestay. The installation specs. as to angle of halyard line where it exits the block to the top swivel are quite precise. If there is a noticeable sag in the foil it will make turning the drum difficult to impossible. Drum binding seems to be somewhat unavoidable but tension must be maintained rolling in and out. I keep sheet in one hand, furler line in the other to maintain control.

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