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09-29-2014 10:18 AM
Jim Kneale
Re: Famet Roller Furler for Cruising

The FaMet Reefurl system uses a temporary halyard that you tie on to a shackle at the top of the chain where it attaches to the wire halyard. You can see it when you unfurl the sail. Ours has a small shackle in the hole on the slider above the hole where the chain attaches.

The idea is that you don't have to worry about a long halyard twisting around when you furl the sail. That eliminates the need for a rotating sheave at the top of the furling unit and keeps things simple.

The chain on ours is badly corroded. It uses a 45" long 3/8" pitch chain (probably cut to fit), which is found on go karts and minibikes. I can't find anything of that pitch in stainless, and what there is hundreds of dollars. I'm considering #35 Dacromet Corrosion Resistant Roller Chain, which is US$40 for 10 feet on ebay
02-15-2014 11:16 AM
Re: Famet Roller Furler for Cruising

I will trade you my Hood furler for your Famet in a heartbeat. I had the Famet on my last boat for 17 Years with zero maintenance or issues. I have had to replace several parts on my new to me Hood system. One need only look at the schematics of each furler to see how the Famet is simplicity at its best for a cruiser. The ownership history of Famet is somewhat clouded due to the present owner sold the company to an individual who ran into financial issues. The company was taken back by the current ownership and I believe is still for sale.
02-15-2014 10:26 AM
Drew Whitler
Re: Famet Roller Furler for Cruising

I just bought a 1983 Watkins 27 with roller furling main (vertical) and roller furling jib with Famet reefing systems on it. I cannot figure out how to get the sails out of the reefing system. Many ideas...boat had no info about these systems,
08-31-2012 03:24 PM
Re: Famet Roller Furler for Cruising

Famet Roller reefers are well ahead of
the pack if you are a fan of frictionless, no bearings, simple, repairable, and
Bulletproof reefers I've had one on my Pearson 39 for 30 yrs and never even lubed it.... Nothing to lube! The designer should win an award. Once you've seen them in action one wonders why any other design was even brought to production? Keep it on ....... parts have always been available
01-28-2010 05:17 AM
Famet is Bulletproof

I have a Famet roller reefing system on my main - Whitby 42. It really does appear bulletproof and the only part I replaced when I went to refit last year was the 2 nylon bushings. I wish my headstay roller reefing system was a famet.
Keep the system
01-27-2010 10:26 AM
wyejay The Famet company has been an up and down operation in recent years. Four or five years ago, the company couldn't be located and the owner of record didn't respond to inquiries.
However, it's flying again. Still in Kansas, as before. The current operator is David Freer at
Here's hoping he has a long, successful run. But for peace of mind, I seized the moment and ordered two sets of roller furling bushings for my spares kit. They were shipped promptly, without advance payment. Just mail me a check, David said.
At $5 a set, the greatest buy since pizza by the slice.
07-18-2009 07:14 PM
Bellita In an attempt to keep on topic - I'll post my question here:
I have two Famet Roller furling units - Type A and B. The main difference between the two is the internal halyard hole for the units to mount around the forestay - Type A has an 8mm hole to take 5-7mm forestay wires and Type B has a 14mm hole to take 8-12mm wires.

Here's my question - I have a 7mm wire, which would seem to dictate the Type A. My issue is it's off my old boat and was my staysail rig, so on the Yorktown 35 I'm trying to resurrect, it will be approx 7 feet shorter than I desire ( I need 40', the Type A is 33'), which would limit the amount of sail I can carry forward. The Type B is long enough (actually 46' and I can remove 2-3' sections to match perfectly) and I have an offshore sail that would match my foretriangle perfectly. I'm wondering if the difference between a 7 & 8mm wire would be great enough to stop me from going ahead and using the Type B unit on my headstay - any riggers out there or people in the know that could help me here?
These are really robust units and don't really flex, so outside of rattling about a bit, i'm unclear if there would be any downside. They were bulletproof on a previous boat so I'd love to use one on this one. Would sure appreciate any advice folks may have. Thanks!
12-19-2006 04:31 PM
LWinters Rigging is about 8 years old, but looks and inspected well. The roller isn't as nice and shiney as I would like, but seems in great working order. I guess I am wondering about the advantages of the newer models. What caused the switch between the internal halyard and bearingless systems to the new fangled halyard swivels and plastic or stainless bearings?
12-18-2006 11:44 PM
mjname Is the forestay 20 years old? if it is you might want to replace that before you take off for a long time. I have a Hood Rolling Furling and it came down on the last sail... nothing more frustrating than having your half rolled jib laying the length of your deck.

If your rigging is 20 years old make sure you inspect it. Look for small cracks on the turnbuckels and rust where the wire is fastened together. I later found rust and even some brooken strands on some of the lines. Opps... I guess I didn't want to see it before.
12-16-2006 02:16 PM
sailingdog If it ain't broke, don't fix it... Also, introducing a new furling unit could bring other problems with it... Most manufacturers insist that you replace the forestay, if it is older than a few years...
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