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roller furling help
One of the most common problems with a furling headsail is the line on the drum. The problem occurs when you unfurl your sail. In many instances, the headsail is allowed to unfurl with little or no care for how the drum line is tensioned during the release. If adequate tension is not kept on the furling line, the wraps on the drum will be loose. Then when the wind pipes up, and you put the furling line on a winch to wrap up the headsail, the outer wraps on the furling drum bite down on the looser inner wraps, and cause a jam at the drum, resulting in either a very difficult time furling the sail, or the inability to furl the sail all together.
The furling line needs to be kept taught when the sail is unfurled, to the point the you must use the genny winch to pull the sail out. That will ensure that all the line on the furling drum will be kept at a nice, tight, uniform tension.
The newer endless loop furlers eliminate this problem all together.