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05-12-2009 09:34 PM
Originally Posted by nk235 View Post
as it has lasted 25 years BUT it is definetely not bullet proof or forever lasting .
Well, that certainly brings up an interesting point. Of course, if one thinks about it, a piece of metal being subjected to the kind of stresses that sailing inflicts, is doing great if it lasts for 25 years.

So should we all be replacing our roller furlings long before catastophic failure ocurrs? If so, when would that be?

And wouldn't this replacement policy apply to everything else? What's the expected lifespan of a mast? Mine is 35 years old.

05-12-2009 09:20 PM
dvpamenter Yes, Yes. We don't need it and it takes away from the value of the exchanges.
05-12-2009 08:40 PM
Originally Posted by jimq26 View Post
Other than that, it has a good reputation in our neck of the woods (26 to 34 ft).
I ended up with CDI because of the internal halyard. When beating, I didn't need the extra noise of a flapping halyard the full length of the forestay.
I'm with jimq26. I actually bought the CDI furler for budget reasons. Our local agent in Annapolis is excellent and this was further incentive. In addition, CDIs have a good reputation with my friendly local marine services guy who recommended it. I have been very pleased with it so far.

Incidentally, I find it hard to believe that some posters get so hot under the collar about a ****in' furler. Get a life, guys!!

05-12-2009 07:27 PM
I looked at Alado but didn't like the external halyards.

Other than that, it has a good reputation in our neck of the woods (26 to 34 ft).
I ended up with CDI because of the internal halyard. When beating, I didn't need the extra noise of a flapping halyard the full length of the forestay.
05-12-2009 04:40 PM
cnc33voodoo Im not attacking you or alado.
I have been reviewing all available products prior to final purchase and make my statements based on what I have researched.
I did not say it was an inferior product.I have never seen one in person and have nothing to base my opinion on other than the above pic.
But since you brought it up, going off the pic above (the only one I have ever seen) the drum casting looks like crap, it looks like it was painted with a spray can, and im still trying to figure out what all the ropes are for, hence the fromage.It LOOKS like it was made in someones garage.
I wouldnt base my opinion on weight, I would be more concerned on the types of metals/materials used and the companies reputation.Sometimes lighter is better.
What I did say is no local marine stores carry their product.that was all I needed to know about alado.
I would never purchase a product that has no local support.
I currently own a furling system that I have had to order parts through the mail for and thats was total b.s I dont want to go through again.
But thanks for the autobiography, it was nice getting to know you.
Enjoy your new boat, oh, and the harken.
05-12-2009 03:12 PM
noreault I have just purchased and received an Alado. While not yet installed, so I can't comment on use, I can tell you its manufacture and quality is anything but cheesy. This is a substantial and well built product. Very well built and thought out with a minimum of moving parts to break.
05-12-2009 02:57 PM
Originally Posted by cnc33voodoo View Post
Sure.So how long have you worked for alado?
And why would I work for Alado and you not work for Harken?

I've seen and sailed both company's products. Based on your comments here, I believe you have not seen an Alado except in pictures. Yet you feel that you have to attack them and me just because you have a favorite? I own a dog kennel in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NYC. Google me, and you'll be able to find me on the telephone at my job at this kennel. That is far removed from working for Alado. I am a fan of their product because I have paid for, installed and used it. I have also used Harken, and so far, it's fine. But there's no question the drum is about 1/4 the weight of the Alado drum.

Malcolm Smart
05-12-2009 01:46 PM
cnc33voodoo Sure.So how long have you worked for alado?
05-12-2009 01:25 PM
Originally Posted by cnc33voodoo View Post
Looks kinda cheesy.I wouldnt want that on my boat.
Im sold on the harken anyways.
I picked up an old new boat this weekend, and it has a Harken. Sailing her home, it worked just fine. But I did notice that the drum looked way less substantial than the Alado on my old boat. So the cheesy award goes to Harken, in my opinion.
05-10-2009 10:43 PM
Originally Posted by cnc33voodoo View Post
What does everyone else think about this?
like I said, the unit works flawless after servicing it last year.
I like to sail hard and the thought of failure is messing with my confidence in the boat.
Well, if you like to sail hard, go back to hank ons. I'm only semi-joking. Furling is convenient (as I have discovered), but it is undeniably more complex than piston hanks and they can and do jam. There is also the tendency to lose a bit of pointing and of course you can lose a bit of sail area over a deck-sweeping No. 1.

I've kept hank-ons on my Viking 33, a boat quite similar to yours, and I carry a No. 1, 3 and a No. 4/storm jib usually...enough to not quite fill the quarterberth. I have rigged light-line downhauls that mean I can douse my foresail faster than any furler. A couple of bungees and I fold it down at dock.

Having said that, my Profurl has yet to give me grief (but it's furling a 110% yankee jib, not a huge sail), and several "hard cruising" friends have endorsed the Schaefer units to me.
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