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I had a really hard time hoisting my furled jib on the headstay last year and even harder time getting it down. this year I can't get it more than halfway up the forestay, I'm planning on putting some sailkote on the sail but are there any other suggestions anyone has for this? thanks!
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If the Halyard had jumped the sheave it can become jammed between the sheave and the masthead fitting
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Generally, if something takes a lot more force than it normally used to, something is wrong and instead of bulling ahead, you need to figure out what the cause of the problem is.

For example, my friend was having a hard time with their headsail furling unit and decided that using a winch on the furling line was good idea. It's not. They had a halyard wrap and the winch allowed them to destroy the top section of the furler foil and the headstay. If they had looked up, it probably would have been much less expensive a day for them. Next week, I'll be helping them replace the forestay and repair the furling foil.
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Sailcoate in the furler track can make all the difference. Hard to grease the grooves once the mast is up tho. My jibs go up full hoist by hand at the beginning of the season, by midseason I need to resort to winch power for the last third or so...So needing more than hand power is not an uncommon syndrome. But as advised be sure that nothing is fouled...
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