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Roller reefing

Ok. I'm out tonight so I'll check my halyard tension and I'll have a spare set if hands to keep a good tension on the line as I unfurl the sail.
I'm already a member of the M24 group on yahoo - I've had a few emails into that group to
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Re: Roller reefing

I had a problem with my furler couple of years ago, found out that the swivel needs to be greased and I haven't done it. The swivel frozed and I had to buy a new one.
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Re: Roller reefing

Also, if you tighten you back stay and take some of the sway out of the furler it will turn significantly easier.
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Re: Roller reefing

At the risk of asking the obvious, you are not trying to reef with the sail sheeted in and drawing, are you? If you head up or release the sheet such that the sail is almost luffing, you should be able to pull in the furling line by hand.
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Good sail tonight.
Made a point of keeping some tension on the reefing line as I pulled out the jib.
Was able to hand furl the job at the end. Still stiffer than I'd like - but to bad.
I'll look into lubrication and halyard tension soon. Might make it that much easier.
Of course there are always new issues - tonight my trusty and recently serviced outboard decided to pack it in 500m off dock. Had to sail it in. Winds were light and perfectly angle for an easy docking on the outer rim - but not the challenge I was hoping for!
Thx for all the advice. Little more work I'll have that part sorted and ready to tackle the next.
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Re: Roller reefing

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...tonight my trusty and recently serviced outboard decided to pack it in 500m off dock. Had to sail it in...
Good job! It's always something isn't it? My OB did the same thing to me while transiting from the launching marina to my mooring this spring. I just recently heard that I should leave the main up until I moor just in case the iron wind dies. That makes sense, but to have it up for the hour plus transit up from the mouth of the river, flopping around and spoiling my view...

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... Can't imagine how I could reef in heavy weather. ...

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The general rule applies - especially in this case. "Reef when you first wonder if you should!"
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Re: Roller reefing

Is the reefing line big enough (dia) to fill the drum when sail is set? I found that the bigger torque helps start the furl. My gennie is pretty big (500 sq ft)and needs help and good timing.
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Re: Roller reefing

As others have noted, the two biggest culprits are getting the halyard wrapped and not having enough tension on the forestay. The installation specs. as to angle of halyard line where it exits the block to the top swivel are quite precise. If there is a noticeable sag in the foil it will make turning the drum difficult to impossible. Drum binding seems to be somewhat unavoidable but tension must be maintained rolling in and out. I keep sheet in one hand, furler line in the other to maintain control.
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Roller reefing

Thanks for all the advice.
By keeping tension on my furling line as I pull out the jib I've been able to re-furl fairly easily.
Tension on backstay seems good and the furling line is running cleanly to the block.
I will make a point of dismantling and lubricating the furler in the fall.
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