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straighten furling foil

Anybody know how to straighten a furling foil for the jib? It's not bent too bad, you can see it in the pic.
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Re: straighten furling foil

If there is a local 'metal worker' who specialized in 'boilers', boiler repair or heat transfer equipment / heat exchanger building/repair ... this person will undoubtedly have a tube bending devices (rollers, jigs, etc.) and will 'most times' be able to correctly straighten a foil.
Unfortunately aluminum doest take kindly to much repeated bending ... so there is always a risk of fracture when re-straightening (or bending) aluminum.
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Re: straighten furling foil

are you sure it is bent or just laying there flexed to a curve. if it is bent it can be straightened but takes a little know how. some can be over flexed the opposite direction and will return to straight. I have done a few over the years but it is hard to tell someone how to do it. try it what do you have to lose.
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Re: straighten furling foil

To my untrained eye, that looks to me like a flexible furler, something akin to a CDI or hood seaflex. If so, an excerpt from the cdi manual has the answer: the furler can be "straightened by bending the luff in the opposite sense until it comes straight. Another option is to put the luff in a pipe or tube outside in the sun for one to two weeks to straighten it."
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Re: straighten furling foil

In my humble opinion, don't do anything. Tension on the backstay and you won't notice it.
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Re: straighten furling foil

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In my humble opinion, don't do anything. Tension on the backstay and you won't notice it.
Agreed

Every time my rig has been down the furler has looked like that. Once back up and properly tensioned it looks and works just fine.

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Re: straighten furling foil

The make of the furler would be helpful. If that is a CDI flexfurl then it will most likely depend on the age of the furler as to whether it will straighten up or not since they become brittle over time. You could try placing it in a tube and allowing it to warm up in the sun as suggested on their site. I do not recommend trying to bend it in the opposite direction (personal experience here) as it will most likely crack. A replacement CDI luff is about $200.00 and readily available so not all is lost.
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Re: straighten furling foil

Its a Schaefer SnapFurl. I'm not sure of the exact model.
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Still a flexible furler. I'll second the comments about tensioning the rig. My own boat has a Hood SeaFlex, and the foil extrusion tends to bend a little when the rig is down for trailering. Just some of the "memory" curvature from how it was shipped that has never fully corrected itself. But if you notice curvature while its up and tensioned, laying it out in the sun in a tube should do the trick. Worked for me for a more severe bend that occurred due to how the PO stored the furler. Had found the info from CDI a few years ago, hence the reason I posted it for your sake earlier.
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Re: straighten furling foil

If it's not visibly kinked, agree... install and tension rigging you will likely be fine.
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