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Advice on Harken furler and spinnaker halyard

Hello all,

I am a new member here. I recently purchased a 1990 Pacific Seacraft Dana 24. Comes with Harken roller furler, Unit 0. The boat is rigged for a spinnaker, the halyard of the spinnaker is attached via a block on a hoop on the forward part of the masthead. The shackle on the halyard swivel lower section (of the roller furler) seems to be catching on the spinnaker halyard, causing it to start to wrap around the jib halyard and the furling system (then it hangs). I have been able to finesse this by slowly drawing on the jib sheet to unfurl the job, back off to allow the spinnaker halyard to slacken and get untangled, but it seems this should be easier! (This is the first boat I've owned with roller furling). Any thoughts on the best approach to making this a little more straightforward? Bring the spinnaker halyard back and out to get it farther away from the furler? Tighten or slacken the halyard? This is not the usual (jib) halyard wrap that others seem to experience. Anyone else experience this particular situation?

Also, as furlers are new to me, can I let the jib down in order to inspect the halwayd swivel? Again, it is a Harken, Unit 0 furling system.

thanks for any advice you can provide!

Michael
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Where do you have the spinnaker halyard tied off... try tying it off to the shrouds... that should lead it out of the way of the furler swivel.
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Easy fix. Had Harken 0 for 20 years. Flip halyard around spreader and tie off on cleat on side of the mast. Problem solved. If halyard is external flip both line around spreader. Other fix is to install a Harken halyard restrainer which may or may not work depending on the rig geometry.
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Thanks all. Got the lines out of the way and problem solved.

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