And now for the latest installment of As The Furler Turns.
I posted an earlier thread in which I wondered about whether we could disassemble the furling drum without having to remove the entire forestay.
As it turns out, the forestay is fine--just the original forestay circa 1987. Further, SD will be pleased to learn that there is no damage from halyard wrap. It just should have been replace at least 8 years ago, but that is another story.
My rigger and I have confirmed that the drum itself is the problem, but we can't get more specific without taking it apart. Meanwhile, the nearest Schaefer dealer tells us that a drum re-build kit costs $1,000. Then there is the labour to install it.
We are talking about a Schaefer System 2000 that hasn't been manufactured for some time. It is so old that Schaefer's USA rep had a hell of time just digging up one small brochure.
So my choice are:
- Go with a re-build. The downside to this is that this thing is old.
- Go with a new furling system. My rigger is suggesting a system called a Bamar C1 Crociera. Does anyone have any experience with this make and model? Any other info would be greatly appreciated.
If the cost of the re-build kit + labour gets close to the cost of a new furler, the decision will be that much easier.
Meanwhile, info and comments are appreciated.