Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New England USA
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I have used a Furlex system for a number of years now and have been pretty pleased overall. The "Dockside" survey at my marina showed that the most popular are: 1) Profurl, 2) Harken (most delivered on the boat new) and 3) Furlex.
To a man, everyone seemed to think the Profurl as the top unit, best built and designed. But as I said, I''m very happy with the Furlex.
I try to look at critical systems on a boat and make sure that they are the best available. Cost is always an object during a purchase, but how much will the $500 - $1,000 saved be worth if your budget system jams at an inopportune moment? Or how great will the savings be if you can''t get parts or the company goes out of business? The industry leaders became that for a reason, and many have been around for a long time. That is not to say that any other companies can''t deliver a quality product or back it up with parts. It''s just that a furler is not just a critical system, it is one of the MOST critical systems, and to save a couple of hundred bucks there seems like a bad investment.
On my 37'' masthead rig, the Furlex has double races of ball bearings top and bottom, along with double races of ball bearings on the sail hoist also. Plus, the drum removes easily, and the twin grooves face aft for a very racy headstay.
The Dutch Wharf yard, (shameless plug for Paul and the crew) is very good with rig handling and there never seems to be a problem with the foil. They have a separate storage set up for furlers, which are never left with the rig during storage.