Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: New England
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Ways to make rolling in the headsail easier:
- Down wind to have it blanketed by main
- Ease jib halyard tension. Some tension to keep furler channel somewhat straight, but not too tight to pull on the bearings.
- Check furler line for overwraps on drum and line alignment going into drum. Should be a smooth transition. Is the line going over the drum frame first? Rotate drum so the the line feeds directly onto drum.
- Directly into the wind may work, but for a big headsail, the flogging actually can really put a lot of pressure on the furler and make it more difficult than downwind.
Sometimes in a heavy blow, you need to just get someone to pull on the furling line right at the drum to get it started and help it.
- Are blocks that the line go through back to the cockpit even and uniform height or at least no blocks higher/lower than the one for and aft of it.
- Are the blocks about the height of the furling drum? They should be.
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