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hi folks. most of you may know i am refitting a 1971 cal 27. i recently found a guy parting out a ruined sailboat. he has a jib furler that he is willing to sell for a good price. unless i found another that cheaply, i won't be able to afford one for some time. they are pretty salty. the only trouble is, the boat has a jib stay that is 6' shorter (that's 6 feet not 6 inches) than mine. the brand isn't marked on the furler, at least that i know of. i have asked the guy to send me good pics and to see if he can find any markings, what-so-ever, on it. i will post those pics, here, and report of any markings when he gets back with me.

so, my question is, how hard will it be to find another extrusion to add? i'm sure that depends on the manufacturer, to a large extent. so, it raises other questions. if get pics to post, here, is it possible to figure out the manufacturer? also, is it possible to get extrusions made?

it's a great opportunity but, if it's too short to be usable, it would be throwing money away.

any input would be much appreciated. thanks.
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Jack, look into the Alado system - great system, inexpensive, easy to install.

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Re: need a good opinion

Extrusions, due to the nature of manufacture, would be impossible to get custom made one off. It may be possible to adapt another extrusion one way or the other, but unless the price makes that path worth it it is a waste of time. Best bet is to find the maker of the furler and contact the manufacturer for spares price and availability.
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If it's a common furler there may be many short sections of extrusion floating around a rigger's shop, if he's not a 'cleanout freak'.. but even so it's a bit of a long shot. I know that our rigger kept our extra section on hand when he was done.

That said, a furler that's 6 inches short might be fine for you, it just means the sails you bend on will need to be shorter too. Might not be that big a deal if the price is right.
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Re: need a good opinion

I read the OP as "...6 feet shorter..."
If 6 inches, shorter sail could be the ticket.
If 6 feet,.......hmmmm.....convert mast-head rig to fractional?
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I read the OP as "...6 feet shorter..."
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Oops.. right you are.. my bad. That's different, you will need to track down some extra sections (2 most likely...)
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If it's a common furler there may be many short sections of extrusion floating around a rigger's shop, if he's not a 'cleanout freak'.. but even so it's a bit of a long shot. I know that our rigger kept our extra section on hand when he was done.

That said, a furler that's 6 inches short might be fine for you, it just means the sails you bend on will need to be shorter too. Might not be that big a deal if the price is right.
not 6 inches. that would have looked like 6". it's 6 feet. i made the note in the original post to make sure my meaning is clear.

i have to avoid using the hatch mark notation. it creates a lot of misunderstandings on-line. there are a lot of threads talking about living aboard 30" or 40" boats that i have found amusing. if it was only 6" i really wouldn't sweat it.
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I read the OP as "...6 feet shorter..."
If 6 inches, shorter sail could be the ticket.
If 6 feet,.......hmmmm.....convert mast-head rig to fractional?
wish it was easy to make that conversion. my holiday20 is fractional and dropping the jib was a quick, easy first reef. it sailed perfectly well on main, alone. a big main and smaller jib is more efficient than a jib driven rig. but, that would mean moving the mast forward.
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Oops.. right you are.. my bad. That's different, you will need to track down some extra sections (2 most likely...)
yeah. that's what worries me. he is asking $250 for it. but, if i can't find the sections...
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Re: need a good opinion

Popular furler brands are:
- cdi
- alado
- pro-furl
- harken
- schaeffer
- furlex

to name a few. Quite a few of them are still in business. I can't promise you that they will still carry extrusions for that particular furler, but it is fairly likely.
$250 is a pretty good price as long as the bearings in the lower & upper unit are in good shape & you can get another extrusion(s) to make up your 6' difference.

I will note that furlers, in general, are not a maintenance free or "set it & forget it" proposition. They need to be installed correctly from the get go or you will have problems with them - the dreaded halyard wrap can ruin your day, the line can overrun and become stuck in the spool... Many also need periodic lubricating and/or cleaning.

I still like the convenience of the furlers I have owned. Nothing wrong with hank-on jibs either.
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