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Roller Furling not retracting all the way

Hi,

I used my roller furling a few days back and B4 unfurled it had two wraps (jib sheets) around the furling. However when I returned to the mooring I couldn't even get the jib sheets around the furling even once before the sheet from the roller furling extended all the way. What do I have to do to give it two wraps?
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take your sheets forward (or remove them)and spin the whole mess around a few times with the furler line loose it will give you additional wraps on the drum. should have at least three or four wraps or more on the drum when you are secured. mine has a bunch I can wind the sheets all the way down to the drum for bad weather.
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Sounds like the sail has been furled too loosly. You will have to unfurl the sail and then begin furling the sail with some tension on the leeward sheet. Always furl with some sheet tension.
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Furling performance is dependant upon how tightly you furl your sail. A loosely furled sail will use less furling line (and thus have more line on the drum) than a tightly furled sail.

Ideally you should set it such that you have a very tight furl, and have a few wraps around the drum to get a few wraps of the sheet round the furled sail.

Takes some practice. Also make sure that you apply resistance to the sheet and furling line with unfurling and furling.
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I did apply tension to the sheet before retracting the furling, however I don't think it was the leeward sheet, so if I applied tension on the opposing sheet it would have rolled up with at least two wraps.
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I would highly recommend you have at least three or four full wraps of the sheets around the furled head sail. Anything less is asking for trouble, especially if a storm pops up when you're not near the boat.
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