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Roller Furling Line

Is there anything special about the line used on typical roller furlings? I've seen lots of recommendations for the various applications of different types of lines, but nothing on the roller furling application.
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Not that Im aware of...Mine is plane 3/8 double braid...Racers might use a low stretch
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I think for most regular sailing, it's mainly important to get the right diameter/thickness of line--to thin and it's hard on the hands and maybe too weak in a blow; too thick and it won't fit into the drum properly when rolled up. Also important to make sure it's run correctly--ie. 90 degrees from the drum to the deck fitting, then back to the cockpit with a ratchet cam or cleat to tie it off well so it doesn't come undone unexpectedly.
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Make sure it's not too slippery. The line shipped with the new Harken Mk IV furlers, for example, sucks. It feels like the nylon stuff you buy at the hardware store. It's tough on the hands in a blow.
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I would recommend using Trophy Braid. It has a soft fuzzy feel and is easy to grip, hence easy on the hands.
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Hello,

What is the furler? My boat came with an older Hood unit that was originally a line drive and was then converted to single line. The line must have the core stripped so that it fits on the drum.

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Most furlers will hold sufficient line that the core need not be stripped, if you're using the proper size line.
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What is the furler? My boat came with an older Hood unit that was originally a line drive and was then converted to single line. The line must have the core stripped so that it fits on the drum.

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Hood Furlers

From the Hood web site:

November Tech Tip. I up graded my LD system
to a SL what line do I use?


As LD (line drive) customer's consider the upgrade to the SL (single line) drive unit system, please note the difference in the furling line sizes. The LD furling line diameter is different than the SL line diameter. You can not use your old furling line on a new SL furler. The first third of the furling line for the SL system, must be de-cored going into the drum. We sell de-cored furling lines for all of the SL systems. It's a good tip to purchase a furling line when ordering a new SL upgrade. When you purchase from Hood Yacht Systems direct, you know it's going to be a quality line, factory de-cored and at a upgrade customer's discounted price.

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Most furlers will hold sufficient line that the core need not be stripped, if you're using the proper size line.
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I have a Hood DL -> SL furler with the cored line. It was installed by the PO. I have already removed the old "bad" line so that I could reverse/replace it. Looks like I'm going to have to put it back on again!
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That's for one brand of furler. I have a Furlex, and it doesn't require the core to be stripped out. Either do most of the other brands I've seen.
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