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Harken Headsail Furling Repair

Hi, all. I just made an offer on a Catalina 30 that was accepted. I have a question about the headsail furler. The top and bottom parts of the furler are on the forestay, but there is nothing in between them. Shouldn't there be a long piece that the sail is fed into, which then turns and furles the sail? If this part is missing can I buy a replacement, or do I have to go with a whole new unit?

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It depends on what model furler you have. If it is still made, or the foil is still made, you should be able to buy a replacement.
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The attached website has manuals for Harken furlers, you'll need to know what model.
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Is it possible that you have one of these?

Can Small Boat furlers be used for reefing the headsail?
No. Small Boat furlers do not have a foil system and cannot be reefed. The sail must be furled all the way in, or unfurled all the way out.

How are Small Boat furlers attached to the sail and boat?
Headsails used on Harken Small Boat furlers require the installation of a luff wire onto the sail. The luff wire comes out from the luff at the head of the sail and attaches to the bottom of the halyard. The top of the halyard swivel attaches to the halyard. The bottom end of the luff wire attaches to the top pin of the spool arrangement.

Small Boat furling systems can be installed as an integral part of the headstay or behind the stay as an independent part.


A Catalina 30 seems a little large for this but I've seen stranger things.
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That would be a very strange choice for a 30' boat.
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Knothead, I will have to give the set up a closer look this week. That will give me a chance to get a model # also.


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Is it possible that the headsail is a "Code Zero"? A Code 0 is a light wind genoa; that is closer to the weight/size of an asymmetrical spinnaker. The sail furls around a torque-resistant line instead of a foil and is not attached to it. Otherwise I don't see how you would have a top/bottom swivel without a foil in the system somewhere; but maybe it's a different type I have not seen before.

If you could contact the PO he might be able to explain how it is rigged.
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