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Headstay replacement and Harken MkI furler
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).
1984 Sabre 34 Mk I