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08-20-2012 12:45 PM
rtbates
Re: Roller reefing

when was the last time the system was maintained? Lubed? Cleaned?

FRICTION is your number one enemy
08-11-2012 04:21 PM
seabee
Re: Roller reefing

i have been at this for 45 years now and the first thing I would ck is to make sure you have enough tension on the head shroud, any amount of curve in this shroud, will make reefing very tuff. even in light air. and rotating it by hand is easy but very tuff if it has any curve in it while reefing (straight foil curved shroud does not furl well. Next i would make sure that the furling line is at the proper angle out of the drum (90deg) and last I would ck to see if you have enough angle of the halyard out of the mast to top swivel, not enough angle will stop top swivel from turning. And last but not least make sure you tighten the halyard before trying to furl. May your sails always be full and the sun on yur back---SEABEE
06-19-2012 12:47 PM
Paddyd
Re: Roller reefing

take it apart walk away for a day
then review it again
check lines and how the run thru the blocks
check your lines for chafing particles caught iniside
06-19-2012 12:38 PM
ccriders
Re: Roller reefing

In the interim, hose it down with fresh water, lots of it.
06-19-2012 11:24 AM
mgb69
Roller reefing

Thanks for all the advice.
By keeping tension on my furling line as I pull out the jib I've been able to re-furl fairly easily.
Tension on backstay seems good and the furling line is running cleanly to the block.
I will make a point of dismantling and lubricating the furler in the fall.
Thx
Mark
06-13-2012 10:55 PM
smurphny
Re: Roller reefing

As others have noted, the two biggest culprits are getting the halyard wrapped and not having enough tension on the forestay. The installation specs. as to angle of halyard line where it exits the block to the top swivel are quite precise. If there is a noticeable sag in the foil it will make turning the drum difficult to impossible. Drum binding seems to be somewhat unavoidable but tension must be maintained rolling in and out. I keep sheet in one hand, furler line in the other to maintain control.
06-13-2012 09:33 PM
Capt Len
Re: Roller reefing

Is the reefing line big enough (dia) to fill the drum when sail is set? I found that the bigger torque helps start the furl. My gennie is pretty big (500 sq ft)and needs help and good timing.
06-13-2012 12:42 PM
ottos
Re: Roller reefing

Quote:
Originally Posted by mgb69 View Post
... Can't imagine how I could reef in heavy weather. ...

Mark
The general rule applies - especially in this case. "Reef when you first wonder if you should!"
06-12-2012 04:48 PM
CarbonSink62
Re: Roller reefing

Quote:
Originally Posted by mgb69 View Post
...tonight my trusty and recently serviced outboard decided to pack it in 500m off dock. Had to sail it in...
Good job! It's always something isn't it? My OB did the same thing to me while transiting from the launching marina to my mooring this spring. I just recently heard that I should leave the main up until I moor just in case the iron wind dies. That makes sense, but to have it up for the hour plus transit up from the mouth of the river, flopping around and spoiling my view...

We'll see.
06-11-2012 11:18 PM
mgb69
Roller reefing

Good sail tonight.
Made a point of keeping some tension on the reefing line as I pulled out the jib.
Was able to hand furl the job at the end. Still stiffer than I'd like - but to bad.
I'll look into lubrication and halyard tension soon. Might make it that much easier.
Of course there are always new issues - tonight my trusty and recently serviced outboard decided to pack it in 500m off dock. Had to sail it in. Winds were light and perfectly angle for an easy docking on the outer rim - but not the challenge I was hoping for!
Thx for all the advice. Little more work I'll have that part sorted and ready to tackle the next.
Mark
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