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Unbreakable Furling Line...
As I talk with sailmakers about sailing with a reefed headsail in medium to heavy air stories pop up of furling lines parting and the sail coming fully unrolled, usually with disastrous consequences. Loosing the sail being a benign consequence and loosing the rig being on the upper end of bad.
Sounds like something to avoid...
Does the furling line part because of pure tensile stress placed on it when sailing upwind in a blow with sheets tight? Does it part from chafe at the drum or at the jam-cleat?
Could one avoid this problem by rigging the furling line with vectar-spectran-wowzam racing line? You know the stuff that weighs less than goose down but is stronger than titanium. (I read the advertising brochure) If it is a chafe problem then perhaps an over sized line or some kind of extra chafe resistant line (static climbing rope)?
Has anyone tried this?
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