Thanks for giving it a go. Now to try and set this out in some vaguely logical fashion.
Here goes !
Furlex Type B has an extruded aluminium channel with twin sail tracks that instal over/around the forestay. This extrusion is in a number of different pieces that are joined by an internal guide and an elongated u-shaped piece of bent rod which locates in holes that are predrilled into the extrusion.
Last weekend we noticed that a gap of approximately 100mm (4 -5 inches) had appeared between the second highest piece of extrusion and the next lowest. (Extrusion is in five pieces). This allowed the luff rope of the sail to pull out of the track and had we not noticed in time would have ultimately torn the sail from luff to leech. We managed to juggle the bits enough to allow the sail and the top swivel of the furler to be lowered to deck and after a fair bit of fiddling around seem to have the loose pieces reattached.
Now, the gap can only have happened as a result of the top section of extrusion coming loose from the second down allowing the top section to ride further up the stay than it should. I cannot for the life of me figure out how this happened, why it happened, is it going to happen again nor how to stop it happening again.
To date all of this has been done from deck. Furlex say that to install you start at the bottom, assembly your way to the top (with everything lying on a flat surface) and the forestay running through the extrusion. You then raise the forestay and extrusion, finally connecting to deck. Question is , if I need to completely dismantle the furler can it be done by working up , by that I mean instead of disconnecting the forestay at the masthead, can I leave that attached, lower everything else to deck, repair, then reassemble up the stay.
Whoa ! I'm not sure that even makes sense to me but if it makes sense to you, what do you think ?
Many thanks for your offer of assistance.
ps - couple of scanned pages from the furlex manual that might make things a bit clearer are attached.
Originally Posted by sailingdog
Pretty familiar with even some of the weirder gear.... what is your question??