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|02-23-2007 10:46 AM|
Originally Posted by camaraderie
|02-23-2007 01:16 AM|
IPW....I'm surprised anyone is still making a behind mast unit as they've been thoroughly dissed over the years. I would get a boom furler if you don't want to go for standard in-mast furling.
Can't answer your other questions but intuitively the system does not seem safe for sea to me as you must be luffing to roll em up...or in light winds.
|02-22-2007 09:21 PM|
External Mains'l Furling
I am re-posting this here to see if it can get any action.
Does anybody have any experience with external mainsail furling systems?
I am curious if:
a) they could stand up to Off shore duty
b) can accommodate full vertical battens
c) can be mounted on a wooded spar
|02-22-2007 09:10 PM|
harken or hood
Originally Posted by pipedream47
Do you have a harken or a Hood? I have the same boat and year, it is with a Hood. I am trying to find a part for the unit. Have you replaced it? Do you still have the parts?
|07-10-2006 08:41 AM|
Most furlers have lower bearings and some have uppers, which require periodic maintenence. Grease em up and they're problem free for another year or so.
Rick in Florida
|07-07-2006 04:26 PM|
When I used to work as a sailmaker, I bought a Pro-furl for my Ericson 27 through the loft. I had experience with lots of differenct furlers from racing on other boats, including a Harken on my dad's Tartan 37. The Pro-furl is the BEST DAMN FURLER EVER MADE as far as I'm concerned! It is extremely well enginered of titanium and aircraft alluminum, it can be installed in a number of versatile configurations, and I've never had any problems with it! It does have some quirks, and they may have changed some of those since I bought mine 6 years ago, but I have no complaints. This is the brand that (last I knew) most of the around-alone type sailors were prefering. The foil comes in sections, which I was skeptical about, but the design is so good that it is actually advantageous! They use a graphite insert "bearing" at each joint in the foil to keep the stay centered in the foil, making it much easier to roll up since you avoid the flopping around you get from the Harken style one piece foils. Mind you, I'm not up on what's on the market right now, just when I was looking back then. Anyway, I have always had a paradigm that any improvement I make to the boat has to meet the standard of being able to hold up to a trip around the world, just incase I decide to do that with this boat. The pro-furl definately fits that bill! You won't be dissappointed!
|07-07-2006 01:30 PM|
|svojala||Keep a tight forestaty and a relatively loose jib halliard. Also, be careful that the jib is not a touch too long, allowing the top of the furling unit to bind at the mast head.|
|07-02-2006 10:01 PM|
|sailingdog||Furlex and Harken are both quite good... I have a Schaefer for the asym on my boat and a Furlex for the genny.|
|07-02-2006 09:01 PM|
|Newport41||Schaefer, still the best. Easy to furl by hand even with a 150 in twenty-five knots on a reach. But probably the most expensive too.|
|07-02-2006 03:33 PM|
|Warren M.||While most posters indicate that they furl their headsails with the boat headed into the wind, after experimenting with my newish Furlex 200, I've found that being slightly off wind on a broadish reach works best for me. With a bit of the mainsail blanketing the headsail, I begin to slack off on the leeward sheet, but keep it somewhat under control. I then begin to haul in the furling line, let out a bit more sheet, and furl some more. While it may seem like you need 3 hands to do this, a bit of practice makes it easier. Find the sweet spot for your boat to be in, make sure all your furler parts are lubricated, and ensure that you don't have excessive tension on your headsail luff and you not have too much difficulty rolling up your headsail.|
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