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what am i missing on my roller furling setup?

I got my new (1977) catalina out on the water today but the furling system isnt working. so I have the bottom spool. but when i wind it up, the halyard that runs down my mast is getting spun up in the forstay. Am i missing a spool on top, how does this work. suggestions, products...any advice to whats going on?
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Yep! Your'e missing the HALYARD SWIVEL
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Do you have a halyard swivel on the foil? If you don't, then you're missing one... If you do have a halyard swivel, you may be missing a halyard restrainer on the mast or a pendant for the genoa's luff to allow the halyard swivel to move up high enough to prevent the halyard wrapping.

BTW, it would help if you said what make/model furler you had, since the more specific the information you can provide will generally result in better answers. Garbage In ==> Garbage Out.

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I got my new (1977) catalina out on the water today but the furling system isnt working. so I have the bottom spool. but when i wind it up, the halyard that runs down my mast is getting spun up in the forstay. Am i missing a spool on top, how does this work. suggestions, products...any advice to whats going on?
You are missing a halyard restrainer, a tack or head pennant or both.



The halyard swivel needs to be at or near the top of the extrusion. The halyard needs to be taut. The angle between the halyard and the extrusion needs to be at least 15 degrees.

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Nice photo Knotty! i see the restrainer but not the furling foil, is this a fractional rig?
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Nice photo Knotty! i see the restrainer but not the furling foil, is this a fractional rig?
No, it's on horses and the furler hasn't been attached yet.
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Thank you - I see the toggle now in the photo!
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You may have everything you need up there but it's not swiveling because it's caught on something. Someway somehow mine had a crack in the plastic at the top and just a small bit of the halyard would get caught on it and wrap around. Ended up going up the mast, cut off the cracked part and filed it down which solved the problem.

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I would recommend checking the headstay for damage, since this may have been a problem the previous owner of the boat had as well and he may have damaged the headstay.
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i had the same halyard wrap problem, and a pendant solved it. you can make your own out of halyard line or have a wire one made...
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