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This is my fist sail boat which I purchased last year, 26 foot Seafarer (1982) and the main reason it was so cheap was all expensive sailing hardware had been removed. I just purchased the original replacement (not a new system) for this sailboat but have no clue as to how to install it or the sails onto it.

This is the last peace I had to replace and it is ready to be launched in New Orleans so any help in this matter would be grateful!

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There are many brands of furling hardware and without knowing which one it will be hard to advise on the correct way

I would think you best corse of action would be to pay a local rigger for a few hours of time as any mistakes will end in a dangerous and expensive end result
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Its a SCHAEFER ROLLER FURLER ALL STAINLESS that was installed originally on this sailboat. I thought that they in principle all worked the same but as I have never installed one maybe someone can tell me the basic steps. The main problem is the furler hardware that connects to the top of the mast has two large hooks. Do those connect to the sail or something else?

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Get in contact with Schaeffer they will be able to tell you or send you an e-mail with the info or direct you to where you can find the info
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just go to their website. They should have an on-line manual.
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Steven, heed the advice above.... unless you have a fair bit of experience and ALL the right parts doing this safely and properly is going to require a pro.

Contact Schaeffer, and then contact a local rigger for good guidance/advice/installation.
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Inclined to agree with the general advice about getting experienced help, not necessarily a rigger. Most experienced boat owners are hands on. I stripped down my plastimo furler a couple of years ago to replace the forestay. Got plenty of good advice at the quay side from other sailors. Didn,t find the job anyway difficult but had the obvious advantage of knowing how it came apart.
Have a look at any nearby furlers, all the ones I,v seen work the same way,ie The base attaches to a fixed deck point and the roller turns the fore stay sieve which in turn rolls in the sail due tothe swivel attached to the head of the sail halyard.
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