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Headstay replacement and Harken MkI furler

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Our 1984 Sabre 34 has a Harken MkI furler, which for the year that we've owned the boat has worked flawlessly. We don't know what year it was installed, but since it's a MkI, I'd guess in the 80s.

We may be replacing the standing rigging (another thread and another topic). On these furling units, as I underdstand it, the bottom "turnbuckle" on the headstay is specific to the furler. Assuming we can get those parts (so the entire headstay is renewed), then theoretically we could replace the headstay and keep our old Harken furler.

So my question is this...is that a dumb idea? I mean the Harken works fine. And if available, we'd be happy to replace a few parts and do some maintenance to keep it in good working order. But is this one of those situations where if one replaces the headstay one really should replace the furler too (simply because of age)?

(Oh, if it matters, we're sailing on the Chesapeake and not planning any ocean passages anytime soon. If we were, I wouldn't ask this question).
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Why not have a rigger look at it to evaluate whether it needs to be replaced or not. The furler could be much newer than that, if it was bought as a discontinued item... No reason to replace the furler if you can get the necessary parts IMHO.
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Why not have a rigger look at it to evaluate whether it needs to be replaced or not. The furler could be much newer than that, if it was bought as a discontinued item... No reason to replace the furler if you can get the necessary parts IMHO.
Well, I've had a rigger look at the rig, and he said overall everything looked to be in very good condition. My issue with asking a rigger about the furler specifically is that they make money on selling me gear and new rigging. So if I ask, he's going to tell me I should really replace it. At least that's been my experience thus far. Not saying there aren't riggers out there who will be less biased, just saying I haven't found one yet.
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When we replaced the standing rigging on our previous Dana 24, we installed a new headstay but kept the Harken Mk1 Unit 0 Furler.

There were no issues with taking this approach. The old unit still worked fine, before and after the headstay change.

If the existing furling unit were to fail at some point down the road, there's nothing to prevent you from getting a new one at that point. More likely, it will keep on trucking for a long time.

P.S. But if you really covet the newer units, you might see about selling the existing one to someone that is looking for a low-cost way to get into roller furling.
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If you hire a rigger on the understanding that you're just looking for a second opinion, most of the better ones will give you the truth.
Maybe this would be a good reason to contact David's son?

Best rigger just moved to Annapolis
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We have 1979 Sabre 34 MKI. We replaced all the standing rigging 2 years ago and kept our 30 year old Profurl Roller Fuller. A professional rigger did the work. We then purchased a new headsail last season. Now we are seriously considering a new Harken MKIV roller fuller. So in my limited experience it is OK to use a new headstay with an older roller fuller. If your roller furler works fine then I suggest make some upgrades to the furler and get the new standing rigging. Having the Norseman connectors is an added bonus.
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Thanks everyone. We're going to keep the Harken for now. It's works fine. As for standing rigging, well, I found a rigger who isn't saying I need to replace everything right off the bat just because it's old. He's saying they'll come look at it, and let me know what they think might need attention, if anything. I'll let you know how it turns out!
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Hi SD, actually they are one in the same. While I don't know if it will be David's son coming to look at the rig (I'm much closer to the Annapolis location), I decided to call them (and I mentioned Steve's name and that I'd heard good things). So far, so good.

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