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Re: Hood furler question
The older 'Seafurl' used rivets, but if it's the 'Seafurl II' the sections are held together with a 'button lock' system - basically joiners with a button on either end that fit into holes in the track sections. The joiners are held in places using 'splice pieces' supported by an inner bearing tube around the wire forestay. It is not uncommon for the splice pieces to slide down inside the furler allowing the buttons to separate, but this would usually allow some amount of rotation also, so what you're describing shouldn't be possible.. Maybe something is missing completely?
A close-up photo of the section join in question would be a huge help in nutting this out.
PS: I have a copy of the 'Seafurl' and 'Seafurl II' manuals and could email them you if you want but they are very difficult to understand and I seriously doubt they will help with this problem.
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