Join Date: May 2009
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
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"Tangling" is one of those words that never looks quite right...
I was recently given a new (old) genoa, and while it sails wonderfully, the luff/height is about 2 ft. short of where it should be for my boat, so the halyard ends up coming down from the masthead to make up that difference.
Because I have a furler, this means that the halyard wraps whenever I furl/unfurl the new sail, at times jamming it up altogether (it isn't the furler mechanism...I checked). A temporary fix involving a block strapped to the mast about 1 1/2' down from the masthead -- with the halyard run through it, then out to the furler -- eliminates the problem (ie. gives proper tension on the halyard) but the straps get in the way of the main when it's hoisted, so I need an alternative.
I've heard about people putting a kind of plastic tube / add-on to the furler in order to make up the difference between the top furler and the masthead -- does anyone know anything about these? Any recommendations for other fixes? I'd like to avoid fixing a block onto the mast if at all possible, and, of course, avoid spending oodles of money.
Any help you folks can offer would be greatly appreciated...