We could take this in Norwegian...
Is there anyone with experience or any independent tests or reviews on the Facnor Flat Deck furler?
I installed a FD230 in May 2012, used it for almost 2 seasons.
Did the install myself, except the wire terminals.
I like the idea with a webbing band that is less likelly to get stuck, and the low build height that maximize the foresail luff and make it possible to have the sail cut close to the deck for good performance.
I don't see much info or reports on the reliability or hands on experience about this furler. I dont have any personal experience with furling sails so I am a little lost and pretty much in the hand of the sales reps. I don't like on a principal basis...
Facnor have made furlers for many years, the FD is an evolution from previous models.
You can even get conversion kit for the drum models.
What size turnbuckle fits inside the FD230 drum?
Don't remember but you must terminate the bottom end of the headstay with a threaded terminal that fits into the body of the turnbuckle. It will have a BS that matches the head stay.
What are the pros and cons of the Facnor FD furlers?
- You get more force when you start to furl compared with conventional drum furlers
- No overrides with the furling rope on the drum
- You can get the tack a little bit further down
In use - have not found any
when the furling "rope" needs replacing you must get the right webbing/rope
Which are the weak points in the design?
Haven't found any, AFAIK
the bearings is the same as others from Facnor and the Top swivel is the same
Is the webbing band sufficiently stiff?
Stiff for what?
It have never folded or fouled in any way.
Is it possible to furl under load or will the furler break?
What kind of loads.
It's never a good idea to furl a heavy loaded sail
When I reef I ease the sheet and furl, no need to let the sail flog
How hard is it to furl?
No - easy compared to my old (well maintained) Furlex, primarily the greater momentum because you have max diameter when you start furling
Are you allowed/forced to use the winch?
If you need a winch to furl there is probably something wrong.
I have seen furling systems/headstays torn apart after using the winch to furl a sail with halyard wrap.
Is this really as good as it seems compared to the more conventional competition?
I will never go back to a conventional furler
This summer I had to climb down into an anchor well in a Hanse 430 (not mine but a charter boat moored in the same guest harbor as we where in) to help clear override on the furling drum.
The same boat also had halyard wrap because someone at eased the halyard to much.
I have a 42 ft yacht, 16.3 meter/10mm forestay, looking at the Facnor FD230.
There are some info on the facnor webpage:
A picture can be found by making a google image search on "facnor fd".
A pdf brochure can be found here
and a small video on youtube.
Facnor Flat Deck Furler - YouTube
Facnor Flat Deck Furler - YouTube
Any comments are appreciated.
This is very close to a cross post from another forum, but I have not received any replies after a couple of days, so I just guess that no one has any experience in the other forum.
I am sorry if I have broken any rules, please excuse me if so.
The only problem I have had was the webbing jamming between the sheave and the side of the block-the first block used to get correct lead out of the furler. Replaced the block with a "trumpet" from Facnor and problem solved.