I just got off the phone with my marine surveyor. He's warned me of grave consequences of using the furling system "as-is" on the boat I am about to purchase because the forestay is not attached to the mast via a toggle. However, the Schaefer website clearly states that the forestay does not require to be modified for use with this system.
The unit is a Schaefer Snapfurl 700 circa ~2005.
The seller of the boat believes he has installed it correctly.
The surveyor says that he has handled several insurance claims because it was not toggled. Albeit, not from the Schaefer brand furlers.
I will be calling Schaefer in the morning, but I suspect they'll just repeat what is on their site.
Does anyone know if a toggle is required or recommended?
Has anyone heard of problems with a Schaefer furler shearing off the forestay?
Is there sufficient grounds to ask the seller to reduce the price to cover the cost of the new forestay and perhaps shortening furler and luff of the genoa?
I was comfortable following Schaefer's installation instructions until the surveyor said that all the other brands require a toggle for such a system and that this has been a common problem that's been around for a while.
Any experience you care to share on the above would be appreciated.
(Not to rush things, but the sale completes on Saturday... so QUICK!