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furling problems

On our 43' Morgan, we point downwind, with the wind off a quarter and the genoa partially blanketed by the main, before furling. In this position, the genoa is substantially colapsed but with enough tension to furl neat and snug. JR
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We furl with the wind off a quarter and the genoa partially blanketed by the main. This provides easy furling with enough tension for a neat and snug wrap. JR
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A number of Harken Furlers up at our club are older and they all work pretty well. Except that if the bushing at the top of the foil is gone then the foil will rotate in a oblong motion causing it to be stiff. The danger with this scenario which happened to a friend of mine, is that the foil eventually gets a very rough edge and some of the edges will actually hook the strands of the forestay wire where eventually the sail cannot be rolled in or out. The solution was to make up a new bushing that would center the foil on the forestay again or replace with a new Harken bushing.
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A number of Harken Furlers up at our club are older and they all work pretty well. Except that if the bushing at the top of the foil is gone then the foil will rotate in a oblong motion causing it to be stiff. The danger with this scenario which happened to a friend of mine, is that the foil eventually gets a very rough edge and some of the edges will actually hook the strands of the forestay wire where eventually the sail cannot be rolled in or out. The solution was to make up a new bushing that would center the foil on the forestay again or replace with a new Harken bushing.
Of course proper maintenance of the furling system is a necessity. Trying to use it without a top-end bushing is both foolish and just asking for trouble.
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So is there any way to tell if the bushing at the top is wearing, other than beginning to "feel" it not furling as easily, or making an unwanted trip to the top?
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You might be able to visually inspect it with binoculars, but I don't know what the setup looks like, so can't say whether this is feasible or not.
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While most posters indicate that they furl their headsails with the boat headed into the wind, after experimenting with my newish Furlex 200, I've found that being slightly off wind on a broadish reach works best for me. With a bit of the mainsail blanketing the headsail, I begin to slack off on the leeward sheet, but keep it somewhat under control. I then begin to haul in the furling line, let out a bit more sheet, and furl some more. While it may seem like you need 3 hands to do this, a bit of practice makes it easier. Find the sweet spot for your boat to be in, make sure all your furler parts are lubricated, and ensure that you don't have excessive tension on your headsail luff and you not have too much difficulty rolling up your headsail.
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Schaefer, still the best. Easy to furl by hand even with a 150 in twenty-five knots on a reach. But probably the most expensive too.
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Furlex and Harken are both quite good... I have a Schaefer for the asym on my boat and a Furlex for the genny.
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Keep a tight forestaty and a relatively loose jib halliard. Also, be careful that the jib is not a touch too long, allowing the top of the furling unit to bind at the mast head.
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