The roller furler
on my Pearson 30 is VERY difficult to furl. It started doing this last fall (soon after I bought the boat), and is worse now. I should have dealt with it when the mast was down for the winter, but forgot about it.
I have to use a winch
to furl it under any wind condition - even downwind with the motor running. The drum turns freely - the hangup is at the head. When the jib
unfurls, the wind isn't enough to get it out all the way, and I have to go forward and manually rotate the drum a couple of revolutions.
It is like this whether or not a sail is acutually rigged. The halyard is not fouled.
SO, I'm wondering if I need to go up the mast and lubricate it? Is this a normal maintenance requirement?
My other thought is that the headstay may be more taught than it was when the furler
was installed, and perhaps the fixed part is pulling up against the rotating part too much. The headstay was too loose last season, so I tightened the backstay more this time. Perhaps I should try loosening it a bit and see what happens. There's no adjustment on the headstay.