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I have a Beneteau 473, that was recently purchased used.
It has the Pro-Furl system on the jib, I assume.
I replaced all the lines, except the jib halyard. I also replaced the sails from a reputable sailmaker, Quantas. Under sail I noticed that the furling system stuck both when unfurling and furling. I was able to sort it out with brute strength, which created problem #1.
While under sail the halyard suddenly broke, roughly 6" above the connecting point to the top drum.
We dropped the sail and gave it a good inspection while back at port. The drums, both top and bottom seem to turn freely when there is no load on them. They are a sealed system, so no need to lubricate them.
I had the jib halyard replaced and everything seemed operating while at the dock. When we unfurled the sail when at sea, it jammed again. We ended up unwinding it by hand, rather than force it again. When we returned to port, we also had to hand wind the sail.
I looked at the halyard and sail and it appears OK, so I can't understand why it is jamming.
Has anyone experienced this before? It is a real pain and I do not want to risk breaking the halyard again.
Biggest issue is that I cannot reef the jib, other than by hand, which would be a huge challenge if we got caught in a blow.
All comments are welcome.