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Re: INMast Furling System Jams Beneteau Oceanis35
I've had my fair share of furling issues over the years.
The most common main sail furling issue has been mentioned above: a stretched sail. At three years old, that seems premature, but still possible. A sail loft can cut and resew, but it won't be like new.
The next is user error, by not allowing sufficient boom rise, while unfurling. The foot is not usually parallel to the deck and the vang or mainsheet needs to be loose enough to allow the boom to rise. Another assist can be from the topping lift. Booms look nicer, at rest, when parallel, but aren't usually flying that way. If you pull the boom above parallel, with the topping lift, you can alleviate some friction on the way out.
Finally, I've had outhaul cars with ball bearings that have been fouled and jammed. The cars with slides are much more reliable than those with bearings.
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