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I am not familar with this furler. However,it may be helpful to run a messenger line inside the "luff-tube" (probally not the right technical name) to attach to and guide the headstay, espically if the headstay isn't changed -remains attached to the mast.

When I installed my furler I tied a large knot in the end of a string. The knot was small enough to fit inside the RF and the string more than long enough to trave the length. With a friends help, I feed the string into the luff-tube while he used a vacuum to suck from the other end. After the string was drawn thru I attached the largest (strongest) line I had that would fit insid the luff -tube then tied off the to the head stay at the tack. We then used the messenger to help pull/guide the headstay as we slid the RF up to the top of the mast.
This is a technique similar to what electricians use to draw a messenger into conduit before pulling wire.
Even if you install a new headstay, at ground level, this may be helpful in getting the wire into the RF.

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Furler Installed

Installation of Schaefer SnapFurl CF-700

It's a bit overdue but I thought I'd share with everyone how the installation went. Overall it was pretty simple. Surprisingly there was no reason to go up the mast at all. Measuring was double then triple checked and at last the cuts were made.

The most difficult part of the install was due to the plastic foils that go over the forestay. They come rolled up and are a major pain in the butt to first "straighten" out and then trying to get an accurate measurement along a piece of twisted and moving plastic... ugh! Taping the measuring tape ever few fight helped quite a bit before the final cut.

Installing the plastic foils around the forestay was also challenging from a physical effort, not a technical one

Overall I'd say if you can follow printed instructions and take your time it is a fairly straight forward exercise. I've been very happy with the performance of the furler (it's been installed for a month or so now) and would recommend it.


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Brilliant, thanks for the update...glad to see your project had a successful result.
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