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welshwind 06-24-2009 12:10 PM

Problem with Halyard Wrap
I have a Facnor SD furling system for my headsail. I am having a problem with halyard wrap WITH THE HALYARD DEFLECTOR.

The halyard itself is attached to the halyard swivel and then has to 'lean' on the halyard deflector on its way to the mast (see drawing). That is, it is NOT a straight shot to the mast for the halyard. This seems very wrong as it has to promote chafing on the halyard (though it didn't look like it when I drop the gennie this past weekend).

Only recently has the halyard seem to somehow get 'caught' on the deflector and attempt to wrap as we are trying to deploy the sail. It never happens when we are furling it. The deflector itself doesn't appear to have any really rough edges.

So, any thoughts? Loosen the halyard? Spray the deflector with McLube? Get a smaller halyard deflector (though I don't know if I can ... I've looked at the installation manual and it appears that this is indeed how it is supposed to be setup).

Thanks in advance for any ideas.

bubb2 06-24-2009 12:52 PM

I have the same furler on my Bene. I had the same problem, but it started with me when I raked the mast back a bit trying to get those extra 1/10's.

Your answer is,
Halyard Restrainer

mounted to the mast just a little higher than the drum. The halyard led though it will change the angle of the halyard to the swivel. The halyard thereby cannot contact the drum.

knothead 06-24-2009 01:17 PM

Mike is absolutely correct. Install a halyard restrainer. Also, if you use a variety of sails, make sure that the halyard swivel is able to get near to the top of the extrusion by adding pennants to the ones that are too short.

Faster 06-24-2009 01:58 PM

I'd guess you've carved a bit of a groove in your "deflector" and now it's catching when trying to furl.. The restrainer indicated above should help you out.

welshwind 06-24-2009 04:00 PM

Wonderful! thank you to all. I also just talked to the US distributor for FACNOR and they were very helpful as well.

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