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When I used to work as a sailmaker, I bought a Pro-furl for my Ericson 27 through the loft. I had experience with lots of differenct furlers from racing on other boats, including a Harken on my dad's Tartan 37. The Pro-furl is the BEST DAMN FURLER EVER MADE as far as I'm concerned! It is extremely well enginered of titanium and aircraft alluminum, it can be installed in a number of versatile configurations, and I've never had any problems with it! It does have some quirks, and they may have changed some of those since I bought mine 6 years ago, but I have no complaints. This is the brand that (last I knew) most of the around-alone type sailors were prefering. The foil comes in sections, which I was skeptical about, but the design is so good that it is actually advantageous! They use a graphite insert "bearing" at each joint in the foil to keep the stay centered in the foil, making it much easier to roll up since you avoid the flopping around you get from the Harken style one piece foils. Mind you, I'm not up on what's on the market right now, just when I was looking back then. Anyway, I have always had a paradigm that any improvement I make to the boat has to meet the standard of being able to hold up to a trip around the world, just incase I decide to do that with this boat. The pro-furl definately fits that bill! You won't be dissappointed!

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Most furlers have lower bearings and some have uppers, which require periodic maintenence. Grease em up and they're problem free for another year or so.

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harken or hood

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I have an Endevour 40, 1983, with a Harken Roller Furling, same year. It's almost impossible to furl in the genoa in any winds above 15 knots. I would like to install a new furling system and would like some feedback on which is the most effective, easy to furl in, system.

Do you have a harken or a Hood? I have the same boat and year, it is with a Hood. I am trying to find a part for the unit. Have you replaced it? Do you still have the parts?
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External Mains'l Furling

I am re-posting this here to see if it can get any action.

Does anybody have any experience with external mainsail furling systems?

Facnor:
http://www.facnor.com/uk/main.asp?ur...p&f=2,12,,23,a

or Nemo:
http://www.nemoindustrie.com/mainsai...ng-systems.htm

I am curious if:
a) they could stand up to Off shore duty
b) can accommodate full vertical battens
c) can be mounted on a wooded spar

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IPW....I'm surprised anyone is still making a behind mast unit as they've been thoroughly dissed over the years. I would get a boom furler if you don't want to go for standard in-mast furling.
Can't answer your other questions but intuitively the system does not seem safe for sea to me as you must be luffing to roll em up...or in light winds.
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IPW....I'm surprised anyone is still making a behind mast unit as they've been thoroughly dissed over the years. I would get a boom furler if you don't want to go for standard in-mast furling.
Can't answer your other questions but intuitively the system does not seem safe for sea to me as you must be luffing to roll em up...or in light winds.
On top of that, you're adding significant weight aloft and a good deal of windage.
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