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Re: RR Halyard Wrap..and SNAP! Help Needed.
No idea what kind of furler that is -- pictures of the drum would help (the plastic piece in your photos suggests it's quite old/worn though). Your headstay should definitely be replaced, no question. You may be able to replace it without dropping the past, but based on what your photos show, I'd strongly suggest dropping the stick and having all your standing rigging inspected by a professional rigger who knows what to look for. It will be a piece of cake to reeve a new halyard as well. You may need to replace more than your headstay, but neglecting them could be far costlier in the long term. You could go a year or an hour or two before it fails -- don't wait.
You've already said it, but never put a winch against a furler -- the winch will always win. If it's too hard to furl, look for a halyard wrap, a tangle on the drum, a snag on the lazy sheet or just bear off and blanket the jib with the main to ease pressure on the sail you're furling.
s/v Grey Goose
1977 Pearson 30 #995