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I am planning on replacing a roller furler on my Tartan 33. I currently have an old profurl and would like some input on what to look for in a new furler and any pros amd cons on brands.

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Furlex, Harken, Facnor, and Profurl all make good units. Each has pros and cons. The Facnors, for instance, are geared more towards the high-performance racing crowd... The Profurls have low-maintenance sealed bearings but they're made of carbon steel and eventually will rust....

Do you race your boat or just cruise it??? Ideally, you want a furler that has relatively low maintenance requirements and is robust.... Of the four brands I mentioned, I'd probably rank them Harken, Furlex, Profurl and Facnor, unless you race, then I'd move Facnor ahead of Furlex.

Are you looking to get a new headsail? If not, getting a unit that will fit your current sail would make sense, since the that would eliminate the cost of modifying your sail to fit.
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We've had Profurls on two boats and would not change if we were to buy another boat.
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Just installed a profurl unit, haven't sailed it yet though, still futzin with the furling line.
Question, have you noticed any difference in effort with backstay tension? That is, is it better to tighten or loosen the backstay?
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If you tension the backstay, it will reduce the sag on the furler, flattening the sail and depowering it in heavier winds.
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Just installed a profurl unit, haven't sailed it yet though, still futzin with the furling line.
Question, have you noticed any difference in effort with backstay tension? That is, is it better to tighten or loosen the backstay?
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Sorry, I was posting while waiting on the phone and should have been more specific.
Does the tension on the backstay, which also tensions the forestay, impact the furling effort, i.e. is more or less tension better while furling, or should it make no difference.
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