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Your forestay is INSIDE the metal foil from the furler. Lower away...the mast wont come down!
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Just as an aside: I've never seen a foil-based furling system that didn't have the headstay running up the center of the foil. If anyone knows of one, I'd love to hear about it.
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Just as an aside: I've never seen a foil-based furling system that didn't have the headstay running up the center of the foil. If anyone knows of one, I'd love to hear about it.

Are you trying to trick me again you scurvy Sailingdog.

Hyde Stream Stay and Stearns are solid rod furlers that replace the headstay wire.

But as to whether or not they are foils,....I don't know.

You're a sneaky barstool.
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I did say "foil-based".
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Well, here are a couple more pictures I got today after unfurling the jib. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take the hole jib off,and I don't think I got enough pictures as I would have liked, but I did see that metal foil going all the way up to the top drum. And the sail was roped into a groove.
I did see something written on the top drum, but couldn't make out the word.
I did have a problem though when I was rewinding the sail when the rope that goes through the bottom drum got intertwined and stuck within itself. I'm hoping it's my fault for replacing the 3/8" old line with them 1/4" line that I had laying around. Does anybody agree that using a 1/4" line might be the cause, and that I should replace it with a 3/8" line?
Anyway, I hope these photos help identify this system.
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Dancamp, I am almost positive your system is a Hood Sea Furl Mark II.
If you drop the sail and take a picture of the halyard swivel and a picture of the flat side of the extrusion, I could be 100% sure. I need to see the joints between the pieces of extrusions, or "foils" if you prefer.
If I am correct, then you most definitely have a wire headstay that runs up the "Foils".
I have info on the system if you need it.
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I'll take more pictures of it today. And yes, I would greatly appreciate any info you may have on this system.
thanks again Knothead, Saildog, and everybody else for all your help.
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here are some more pictures:
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hope this can nail it.
by the way, I think my line locking up or fouling in the drum problem was due to my tying a bolen to hold the line in the drum. I've changed it to a half hitch (???) now in hopes it won't do it again. so far so good.
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I agree also that it might be a Hood Stream Stay with no wire headstay. I had one on my boat when I bought it, but your drum looks a little different.

If it is, there is a swivel at the top that attaches to the top of the mast. It allows the whole foil to rotate. These are prone to eventual failure (as mine almost did), because it there is a LOT of tension on that swivel.

The head of the sail would be attached to another swivel that rides up the foil, and your halyard attached to that.

I'd get up there and make sure that if there is a swivel attaching the foil to the mast, it is in good condition. Mine had separated by about a quarter inch, which was really scary. It also added friction, which made the sail hard to furl.

I took some photos of mine, but I can't seem to find them...

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thanx so much for your advice. I had planned on dropping that mast anyway some day to repair some delaminatiion problems, which means that day will be sooner than later. In fact, the thought of that vital block busting loose now really scares the hell out of me. This will give me time to really check things out too without having to climb up on one halyard
Thanks too for your advice on who made the system. It does have a drum on top so it probably is an older Hood system.
happy and safe sailing. . .
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