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I've had an Alado furler for almost three years. it has performed flawlessly in all that time through all kinds of abuse.

I'm not a furler expert, but the Alado seems simpler, sturdier, and more foolproof than the more common furlers.

What initially sold me on Alado was that I could install it in two hours by myself using nothing more than a couple of wrenches.
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I saw these units getting whored out on ebay.
None of the local shops carry them.There must be a reason for that.
ebay is a cost-effective way to inform people of your product if you don't have mega-$$ for advertising, as is the case for many smaller companies. These companies also won't have distribution clout, unlike the big names. That's why Alado is on ebay. They probably don't even expect to sell many units there -it's just a way to get the name out.

It's interesting to see more people posting about them now rather than two years ago when I bought my Alado. So the marketing technique is working, it seems.

(And yes, I'm VERY happy with it.)
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I dont care about what practical sailor had to say, they would give good ratings to anything with an ad in their mag.
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LOL... you obviously don't realize that PS magazine has no ads... it doesn't use them and never has...
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LOL... you obviously don't realize that PS magazine has no ads... it doesn't use them and never has...
I dont read their magazine and I guess I should have done my research before making that assumption.I was guessing its the only reason they would give good reviews where they are not due.
They did give the cdi good reviews and said 100% of customers were happy however the guys in my area who sell them say they have more failures/repairs than any other unit they carry and wouldnt reccomend them on any boat bigger than 26 feet.
Excuse my ignorance.
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The CDI furler is a fine unit for boats under 26' LOA or so... anything larger than that, the furler can fail under the loads generated by the larger sail area IMHO. And when it fails, it does not do so gracefully.
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I would check out the Alado system as well, and I highly recommend it. I was able to furl my jib in when I got hit by a 50 knt gust a couple of years ago and had no problems. I particularly like the fact that the foils don't use pins or sleeves to connect the foils to each other. Each side of the foil slides into the other half which means that there are no weak points along the foil. I have had my Alado system for over four years now and have no complaints at all.
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The alado is more expensive than the harken and not available locally.
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The alado is more expensive than the harken and not available locally.
Alado is strictly mail-order.

I found that not having to drop the mast, or having to send someone up the mast made the whole proposition much less expensive.
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From Alado's website: http://www.aladous.com/sheaves.htm]
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Since there are no hanks, high halyard tension is not required and no halyard loads are applied to the mast.
Make's me wonder how much they sail themselves? It is highly desirable to be able to change luff tension to match conditions.
As for applying halyard loads to the mast - That's one of the things it's build for
That alone would make me look for another furler, and if the Harken unit is cheaper, it's a no-brainer isn't it
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