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Question two used roller furls - which one to buy?

Hi , I will be able to purchase one of the two used roller furls I looked at today, and since I know nothing about furlers - we always had hank on jibs - it's a tough decision to pick one. Both of them are about 37ft long so we'll have to extend it, I guess, since our forestay is ~ 44ft (Columbia 34 mkII).
I attached pics of both systems (furler 1 = pics 1 and 3), if anybody knows what they are and if they are any good please let me know.
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Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

I am not an expert by any means. I would pick the one with out the halyard as part of the furler. ( uses the mast halyard to hoist sail) Very difficult to tune the sail. Drum with small hole seems to me to be more difficult to set up. I have some experience with one that has halyard as part of the furler and small hole in drum. Prefer the Harkin much easier to set up & use.
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Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

If you do NOT know what they are I would NOT count on being able to get the parts you would need to make them fit ?
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Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

photo 3 looks like a Harken. I'd go with that if, as Tom warns, you can get the extrusion.
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Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

Photos 1 and 3 are "Furlex"... excellent furlers that are still on business. Photo #2 looks like a Cruising Design 'flexible furler'.. not nearly the bit of gear that the Furlex is. Go for the Furlex.
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Fantastic, thanks for your feedback. So it seems most of you prefer what turned out to be a Ferlex (I found a few dealers online), over the other one which seems more like a no-name product. And I agree that the drum is harder to access.
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Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

The internal halyard may prevent the occasional tune but ELIMINATES the dreaded halyard wrap and nowt being able to furl when the wind picks up. That could put you in dutch with an angry ocean. If you're a new sailor, take the flexible furler. If you're experienced, the Furlex may do you better.
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Okay so tho summarize what I earned (thanks guys!):
Furlex
allows to use the original halyard, but there is the problem of the halyard wrap.I found "Apparently its the sort of problem you can get if the halyard tension is too slack or two tight or the angle between the halyard and forestay is less than 10 degrees." see image (A)

The Flexible Furler
seems to be designed for cruisers (great!) but seems to be a somewhat cheaper construction and uses an internal halyard instead of your ship's halyard, so no halyard wrap but less possibility to tune the sail; image (B)

Tough choice :-)
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Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

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Tough choice :-)
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Not really... there's no comparison between the two. Furlex is 10xs the piece of gear the CDI is.. Halyard wrap is NOT an issue with a proper installation. Unless you're really short on cash and there's a big difference in price there's no reason to choose the CDI over the Furlex.
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Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

No contest: go with the Furlex. They are known quality and very common. Just make sure you can still get the foil sections to extend it.
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