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post #29 of Old 01-29-2013
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Re: Furler recommendation?

No problems with my Harken Cruising furler itself but the devil is in the detail of installation. It went from a reluctant, temperamental nightmare, to being 100% reliable, with two mods :

1) Halyard retainer at the top, so that the halyard can't catch on the furler swivel.

2) A ratchet block in the cockpit on the furling line, which keeps the line under tension. This helps the line coil on the furler without overrides, and has the useful side effect of making it easier to unfurl the sail controllably in stronger winds.

Bristol 31.1, San Francisco Bay
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