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08-01-2013 04:38 PM
sailingfool
Re: furlex gear maint

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Originally Posted by jtsailjt View Post
Thanks, that helps. In the past I've had an old Hood furler and more recently a Harken and had no complaints about either of them so it's good to hear that you think the Furlex is a step up. With all the talk of disassembly a couple of times a year I was getting the idea that it was more of a job than it apparently is.
I guess the "disassembly" is so minor I never considered it such, not anything more than what you do to remove the drum for racing, something I'd do for an afternoon race without a thought.
08-01-2013 11:40 AM
jtsailjt
Re: furlex gear maint

Thanks, that helps. In the past I've had an old Hood furler and more recently a Harken and had no complaints about either of them so it's good to hear that you think the Furlex is a step up. With all the talk of disassembly a couple of times a year I was getting the idea that it was more of a job than it apparently is.
08-01-2013 10:10 AM
sailingfool
Re: furlex gear maint

I was very happy with my last Furlex over 10 years of use. The annual greasing took perhaps 20 minutes, and then the unit worked faultlessly for the season. I presently have a Harken system and while it seems to operate OK so far, it is a shadow of the Furlex's construction, just not the same ballpark of quality. The Furlex is the best furling gear I've seen.
08-01-2013 12:11 AM
jtsailjt
Re: furlex gear maint

I realize this is an old thread but I'm considering a boat with a Furlex furler and am wondering about how much time is involved in maintaining it? How long does it take to disassemble, clean, grease, and reassemble it each time? Is Furlex performance worth the time or if you had it to do over would you opt for a unit with Torlon bearings?
06-07-2010 10:40 AM
wwilson
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Originally Posted by SVAuspicious View Post
When you open up the Furlex the foil always slips down. Make sure to get it all the way back up so the retaining bolt goes into the alignment hole near the bottom of the foil.
Surprisingly Dave, I knew that - don't ask how

Btw to Knot's point, if you use conventional grease get a plastic syringe at West Marine. Fill the syringe then apply through the grease ports of the Furlex.
06-07-2010 07:30 AM
knothead
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Originally Posted by svsirius View Post
Furlex sells some branded grease but the blue waterproof stuff should be fine. Use that do not use the spray suggested above you need something that will hang around. It is not hard to do just squeeze and rotate .. I do mine 2x yr sailing year round.

The Teflon grease that I suggested above goes on as a liquid and then sets up.
It's easier to get the grease into the little holes and works perfectly.

But what do I know? I'm just a dealer, installer and rigger.
  • Aerosol version sprays on wet, and then sets up as a water and corrosion resistant grease
  • Resists melting, freezing, washing off, or breaking down under high speeds, high heats or heavy loads
  • Excellent film strength and durability
  • High dropping point helps ensure retention where high temperatures are encountered
  • Good extreme pressure and anti-wear properties
  • High quality base fluids provide reliable protection against rust and corrosion
  • NLGI #2
http://www2.dupont.com/Consumer_Lubricants/en_US/products/grease.html
06-07-2010 03:33 AM
SVAuspicious When you open up the Furlex the foil always slips down. Make sure to get it all the way back up so the retaining bolt goes into the alignment hole near the bottom of the foil. Common mistake is to miss the hole and the bolt presses on the foil. The foil will slide down and jam.
06-06-2010 10:31 PM
wwilson
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Originally Posted by sailingfool View Post
The300s model doesn't require any disassembly to grease.d
Both the 200s and 300s require disassembly to grease the lower race. Page 43 of the Furlex manual explains.

Furlex Manual
06-06-2010 10:13 PM
sailingfool Do not user teflon grease yikes, Furlex has open bearings you need to use a waterproof grease. Their manuals are excellent, be sure to use it. The Furlex gear is excellent and expensive, you should pay the extra buck or two to get the right grease:

Selden Mast (Furlex) 312-501 LUBRICATING GREASE (TUBE 90 G) Ships Store Torresen

The300s model doesn't require any disassembly to grease.d
06-06-2010 09:39 PM
wwilson
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Originally Posted by redhead78 View Post
... is there specific grease I can buy, use that waterproof blue grease?..... Red
Red,

We have a Furlex and lube it with the waterproof grease. Lubriplate makes a good one that is easily ordered on-line or found in some auto parts stores. auto-marine-grease.html You will need to disassemble the upper portion to get at the bearing race - but that is easily done. The manufacturer recommends every other year for the lower race.

Give it a good hosing once in a while as well to keep the salt from forming and wipe that damn grin off your face.
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