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post #22 of Old 09-08-2012
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Re: In-mast furling

I have a in mast furling system on a Cape Dory 30 motor sailor. It is furled by way of a continuous furling line led to the pilot house. An electric furling motor would be a lot less hassle. It is hard to keep enough tension on furling winch which is mounted on the mast perpendicular to it just below the boom. A winch handle can be used on the furling inch but you can't take a full turn with a winch handle because of the proximity to the boom.

It's jammed a little in high wind situations but i was always able to get it in. It could be a real problem if you couldn't get it furled. I've capitulated on the continuous furling line by buying a winchbit that I'll use with a rating socket wrench. Tried it out last weekend and it is much easier than messing with the furling line although to use it I need to go to the mast.
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