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Re: Furler Frustration
My recomendation has always been to use a ratchet block on the last fair lead of the furling line. These blocks only turn one way, so when unfurling there is a decent amount of tension on the line. Don't put it in one of the intermediate stantions though, they require the line to bend around the block to bite, so the greater the angle the line moves over, the more hold they have.
If you are going to change the furling line, my recomendation has been for a while to use a 1/8" dyneema line end for end spliced onto a little large line for the tail. This gives you a very high strength, but very thin line that takes up the majority of the turns on the drum, and a thicker line to hold onto. Generally the dyneema should end a little forward of the last block, when it is fully pulled out of the drum.
The dyneema leader makes it much less likely for the furler to jam due to too much line on the drum (a major cause of furling problems).