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09-13-2013 06:33 PM
mstern
Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates

I'm with Tommays; I was fine with my hank on jib, but once I put the roller furling on, it was like a revalation. I'll never go back.

I spent $800 for the whole thing: furler, hardware, and jib mods for an Oday 23. My sailmaker is a CDI dealer, and he knows he has to compete with the internet, so he offered to sell me the unit for whatever the best price was I could find online.

For the furler (CDI), I had my sailmaker put the thing together for me. It didn't look difficult, but getting the foil to flatten out is really a two man job and I didn't have help readily available. I did the "installation" myself with the mast down. I had a luff tape and foam put on my jib, and I bought some stantion blocks to run the furling line back to the cockpit. One thing to keep in mind with the CDI: if your current headstay is already "long" (i.e., your turnbuckle is already adjusted to take up a lot of slack), then you will probably need to replace the headstay. The CDI uses the existing turnbuckle/headstay and if it can't be shortened enough to accomodate a portion of the furler's length, you will have to buy a new, shorter headstay. I had just replaced all of my standing rigging a year or two before buying the furler so I really didn't want to have to buy a new headstay; luckily, things fit just fine.
09-13-2013 06:20 PM
T34C
Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates

If your reasonably handy it is an easy enough job. Read the directions thoroughly. Then read them again while looking at the parts so you can see how they work/go together. I installed a Profurl on my previous boat (Tartan 34), by myself, with the mast still up. Took about 3 hrs but was easy enough.

I agree with Faster, plan on $2k +/- (and worth every dollar)
09-13-2013 06:12 PM
sailingfool
Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates

The first question with converting a sail is whether it is full hoist. As the furler system shortens the hoist, a full hoist sail needs to have its luff shortened to start. If so, you should just plan on a new sail.

If not, adding a luff tape, a UV shield and a strap (to get full hoist for the furling unit) should run $3-500.

Once you get used to roller furling, it can be hard to imagine doing without...

If you do it yourself, you had better be very good friends with the people who will raising your mast.
09-13-2013 05:48 PM
Faster
Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates

Buying a furler and modifying the sails, even DIY when you can, will be the better part of a couple of boat bucks (ie $2K)
09-13-2013 05:18 PM
overbored
Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates

Quote:
Originally Posted by hriehl1 View Post
It is my wife, not me, who wants the furling in the first place. She thinks I'm gonna get tossed right off the foredeck some day. I am perfectly happy with a hank-on solution for our 3 headsails; 150, 130 and 110. The downhaul is a good compromise... we have one on our little 17 foot daysailer and can dowse that jib in 5 seconds.

I just need some ammo that says roller furling is expensive, hard to install and breaks all the time!
Looking for reasons not to: it will be expensive when you figure you will have to change the luff tape and add cover material on all three jibs. unless the the 110 has battens and then you will not be able to use it unless you go to soft or vertical battens, even more money.
09-13-2013 05:08 PM
tommays
Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates



ALL of my previous boats had hank on headsails and boltrope mainsails

I also spend mucho time racing on other boats that require two men and a small boy to drag around all the 14 sails in the racing inventory


After 3 years with this setup you do NOT have enough money to make me go back to flaking sails
09-13-2013 04:55 PM
hriehl1
Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates

It is my wife, not me, who wants the furling in the first place. She thinks I'm gonna get tossed right off the foredeck some day. I am perfectly happy with a hank-on solution for our 3 headsails; 150, 130 and 110. The downhaul is a good compromise... we have one on our little 17 foot daysailer and can dowse that jib in 5 seconds.

I just need some ammo that says roller furling is expensive, hard to install and breaks all the time!
09-13-2013 04:24 PM
Faster
Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates

Furlex provides a new forestay (and fittings?) with it's furlers.. usually a good idea to start with new anyway.
09-13-2013 04:21 PM
tommays
Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates

The install is easy enough DEPENDING on how many things you have taken apart and put back together

It is fully possible to make catastrophic mistakes

IMHP you will be very disappointed PAYING for a sail recut to furl as there is lot of hardware were the tape belongs and sewing on the UV protection is costly to have done

If you could DIY it MIGHT make sense

The best bet is to seek out a used headsail
09-13-2013 04:20 PM
davidpm
Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates

This one is reputed to be better than CDI but very inexpensive.
Alado Nautica USA Pricing Page

Harken is reputed to be the easiest to self install of the "real" furlers.

The CDI and Aladous do not have a top swivel which makes them much less expensive.
They work ok but you can get better tension and sail shape with a furler that has a top swivel.

In all cases you should check with your sailmaker to find out how much it will cost to remake your sail. It will certainly be a few hundred so you sail has to be worth putting that much into it.


Also if you head stay is not wonderful this is a good time to replace it as it will be hidden and harder to survey.
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