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How to make a furling line?

It's been a long time since I replaced the furling line on my Ericson 38. The CT yard at which my mast was stepped did a horrible job, and rigged the boat with a furling line clearly about to part.

I can't remember the technique of sizing the length of braided line in order to properly core it. Could someone point me to a link or provide me with the information?

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PS: Check out these three lousy yard-rigging errors:

1. The yard crossed the port spinnaker halyard OVER the roller furling extrusion and anchored it to starboard side of the bow pulpit. Of course, I didn't see it until the headsail was 1/4 furled and jammed. Only when I was sorting out the mess did I fully extend the furling line and saw what was buried under the rolled-up line.

2. I repainted the top 1/8th of the mast a few weeks ago, and put masking tape on the wire halyards to prevent them from getting white paint on them. The yard stepped the mast without removing the tape from the halyards.

3. When they unstepped the mast, rather than unscrewing the coaxial connecter female-female S0-23 from the cable running from the VHF radio to the mast through-deck, they CUT IT OFF. Now I have about 2-1/2 inches of stub in a tough spot to replace the connector.
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I can't help you with the furling line but I feel your pain on the shoddy workmanship. A few years back my yard "neglected" to shrink wrap and store my wooden mast. Well, it rained, the mast soaked up the water and because this is NE, it froze a few days later and just ripped itself apart. Needles to say after many boat bucks I have an aluminum mast.....

Whatevers easiest for them seems to be the industry SOP.
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Unfortunately, there are bad yards and good yards, and the difference between the two is astronomical. It would help if you said what size sail you have on your furling unit, since larger sails have more line on the furling drum..
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I too hear you on the yard work thing, but it seems that this is the norm. It has taken me 3 months to get my boat moved!

As for the splice, I would recommend picking up a book like the riggers apprentice. Not only would it help you with the spice, but with sorting out other rigging problems as they come along. Helped me out a ton when I had to take down my mast without a "pro" rigger from the marina (their's retired so they had no replacement, "yeah I'll get you a crane, but I ain't touchin the mast" ).

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Thanks for the expressions of sympathy.

The boat is an Ericson 38, the furling system is a Hood Yacht Systems 2.

All I need is the formula for the length extension that resuts from coring the braid from part of the furling line. But I will search up the book mentioned.

Mel
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The book DeckhandDave is talking about is by Brian Toss...and I believe the full title is The Complete Rigger's Apprentice.
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