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06-12-2013 09:35 PM
Alex W
Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

CDI furlers were also available with aluminum foils. I have the foils from one taking up space in my basement. From that photo we can't tell if this one has aluminum or plastic foils.

Halyard wrap is not a big deal, just add a wrap preventer if your halyard angle ends up matching the forestay angle.

I agree that I'd rather have the Furlex than the CDI. I also kind of like hank-on sails though and sometimes wonder why I bothered with the cost, weight, and hassle of roller furling.
06-12-2013 08:41 PM
ccriders
Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

You cannot add sections to the foil of the CDI. The foil is a single piece and is cut to fit the head stay. So the cost of a new foil will have to be factored into the deal. Also CDI makes several models based on size of boat and length of head stay, so you need to be sure which model it is. My CDI has performed faultlessly for over five years and I don't have to worry about corrosion at the joints of the foil, which is a big problem down here.
However, it would be nice to have a double sail track in the foil to facilitate sail changes.
John
06-12-2013 10:58 AM
Faster
Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

..also adding a furler often interferes with an anchor on a bow roller (reduced clearance/space to launch and retrieve) so often a toggle or spacer needs to be added to make this workable.. also necessitating a shortened forestay. Mechanical end fittings can make this an easier thing to do, but in any case if the rigging is of indeterminate age replacing the forestay while you're at it is a pretty good idea.
06-12-2013 03:41 AM
Liquorice
Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

...and remember you need cash left over to modify the sail luff to fit your furler (whichever one you choose), and you may need a new forestay, depending on your existing forestay construction. More than likely if you pick the CDI, but also possible with the Furlex.
Sam :-)
06-11-2013 02:02 AM
SchockT
Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

No contest: go with the Furlex. They are known quality and very common. Just make sure you can still get the foil sections to extend it.
06-11-2013 02:00 AM
Faster
Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

Quote:
Originally Posted by tv195 View Post

Tough choice :-)
Chris
Not really... there's no comparison between the two. Furlex is 10xs the piece of gear the CDI is.. Halyard wrap is NOT an issue with a proper installation. Unless you're really short on cash and there's a big difference in price there's no reason to choose the CDI over the Furlex.
06-11-2013 12:00 AM
tv195
Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

Okay so tho summarize what I earned (thanks guys!):
Furlex
allows to use the original halyard, but there is the problem of the halyard wrap.I found "Apparently its the sort of problem you can get if the halyard tension is too slack or two tight or the angle between the halyard and forestay is less than 10 degrees." see image (A)

The Flexible Furler
seems to be designed for cruisers (great!) but seems to be a somewhat cheaper construction and uses an internal halyard instead of your ship's halyard, so no halyard wrap but less possibility to tune the sail; image (B)

Tough choice :-)
Chris
06-10-2013 01:59 PM
DonScribner
Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

The internal halyard may prevent the occasional tune but ELIMINATES the dreaded halyard wrap and nowt being able to furl when the wind picks up. That could put you in dutch with an angry ocean. If you're a new sailor, take the flexible furler. If you're experienced, the Furlex may do you better.
06-10-2013 11:31 AM
tv195
Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

Fantastic, thanks for your feedback. So it seems most of you prefer what turned out to be a Ferlex (I found a few dealers online), over the other one which seems more like a no-name product. And I agree that the drum is harder to access.
Thanks,
Chris
06-10-2013 10:32 AM
Faster
Re: two used roller furls - which one to buy?

Photos 1 and 3 are "Furlex"... excellent furlers that are still on business. Photo #2 looks like a Cruising Design 'flexible furler'.. not nearly the bit of gear that the Furlex is. Go for the Furlex.
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