Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Rock Creek, Maryland
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Re: Should a Roller Furler be Hard?
Harken makes this product called "One Drop" designed to lubricate ball bearings. You meantioned lubing the bearings. What did you use? The trouble with most lubricants is that they also attract and hold dirt which inhibits their free movement. I would thoroughly clean out the bearing races. Use dish detergent and copious amounts of water. Repeat several times. Flush well. There are bearings on the bottom of the spinner as well as the top and it is hard to clean them. When dry, put one drop into the bearing races and spin the unit to coat all bearings. Let dry and repeat. Hopefully you will find that your furler operates better. It has helped my old furler.
As others have said, look up and check for halyard wrap. That should NOT occur! If it has, it would be the cause of your problems and must be rectified. There are tremendous forces up there that can damage rigging components possibly leading to rigging failure if not addressed. If you get halyard wrap, perhaps your halyard is too loose? Perhaps there is not enough of an angle up top causing the halyard to wrap around the forestay. If so, you might need a block attached to the mast to get the halyard away from the forestay and create that angle. Talk with a rigger for help.
The last option would be replacing the bearings in the unit. The bearings might have gotten damaged and need replaced. Contact Harken for help there.
Sailing out of Rock Creek, Chesapeake Bay
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