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11-18-2012 09:56 AM
Crazy Cat
Re: Lesson from newbies-how not to install a roller furler

Thanks Takefive. That is exactly what the Yard Crew did to fix it.
11-18-2012 09:53 AM
FoggyBottom
Re: Lesson from newbies-how not to install a roller furler

Yep, that is our friend Dave. We didn't call because we assumed you would have sensed our fear and that we were in danger and just showed up like Superman. That and we figured "what could possibly go wrong?" The guy on the video installed it singlehanded and didn't even look that bright.
11-18-2012 08:23 AM
bljones
Re: Lesson from newbies-how not to install a roller furler

Quote:
Originally Posted by foggybottom View Post
after releasing each other from our “we’re about to die and i always loved you hug” and checking our underpants for accidental soiling
lol.
11-18-2012 02:48 AM
TakeFive
Re: Lesson from newbies-how not to install a roller furler

Even if you had removed the cotter pins, you may have still had a problem. Whenever you turn the turnbuckle, you should also use a wrench to prevent the backstay from rotating. Based on your description, it sounds like you were not doing this. If you were, you would have noticed right away that the cotter pins were preventing proper rotation of the turnbuckle.

There should be a flat spot above the threads to engage the wrench. Often this is stamped with a number, which I believe is the size wrench (in mm) that you need. With an elevated turnbuckle placing the wrench can be very awkward, because you need to reach even higher above the turnbuckle. I use a step stool on the cockpit sole to get up high enough, and it's still awkward.

You also need to use a wrench for shrouds as well, but those turnbuckles are much easier to reach.
11-18-2012 01:52 AM
propellanttech
Re: Lesson from newbies-how not to install a roller furler

Very nice post. Made me laugh.........

I know it wasn't funny at the time, but now you have a "war" story to share when you are sailing.

James L
11-18-2012 12:05 AM
CalebD
Re: Lesson from newbies-how not to install a roller furler

So that is your know-it-all David?
He could have helped and taken a video to boot.
11-17-2012 11:57 PM
arf145
Re: Lesson from newbies-how not to install a roller furler

The Alado has no ball bearings. It turns on nylon bushings--no lube.
11-17-2012 10:39 PM
davidpm
Re: Lesson from newbies-how not to install a roller furler

You didn't call me!! I would have taken video.
11-17-2012 09:37 PM
CalebD
Re: Lesson from newbies-how not to install a roller furler

So where in the heck was know-it-all Dave???
Your boat will take on your personality the more you bleed on it. Good for FoggyBottom for starting the process!
Good for both of you nuts for restoring a Pearson 26' though. I like to think of the Pearson 26' as a not too distant cousin of my old Tartan 27'.

Even if your Alado furler has all ball bearing fittings I find it hard to believe that there is no lubrication required, even on a yearly basis. Please check the manual again.

Another furler conundrum (pun intended): make sure that the line in the furler drum is wrapped in the correct direction. If your jib has a UV layer along the roach the UV protection needs to be wrapped on the outside of the sail. The UV protection does little good if it is wrapped on the inside - don't ask me how I know this.

The UV protection on our new jib (9 years ago) was white, just like the rest of the sail so we never realized that it was being wrapped up backwards - hence, no UV protection.
11-17-2012 06:15 PM
Crazy Cat
Re: Lesson from newbies-how not to install a roller furler

A reply to a few questions:
We did replace the headstay before installing the furler and "we" intend to replace the remaining standing rigging before next season, especially since we turned the backstay into a pretzel. By "we" we mean the yard.

No lubrication required they say.

And as a side note, none of this would have happened if we had called our friend Dave who knows everything.

No one died but Foggybottom did lose a bit of finger which is now stuck between two foils. I had no sympathy. Maybe a little.
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