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Re: fixing thrashed roller furling?
that's pretty smart, Zarathu
OK, so let me see if I understand this:
- there is a normal SS wire headstay inside of the whole furler/foil contraption;
- that afixes normally to the head of the mast and the bow strap, is not supposed to twist, and is tuned like a regular stay?
- the foil (which is just a long rectangular-section plastic strip that captures the leading edge of the jib), and the furler (which is just a plastic cylinder to spool the furling line on), turn together *around* the headstay, winding the jib?
- the bottom of the furler is an aluminum drum, which remains stationary with the headstay, and simply directs the furling line to the spool?
- so IF the drum/fittings are sound; and IF the foil & furler turn easily around the stay; and nothing is obviously broken, THEN this thing might still work?
I assume you have to disassemble the whole deal to check for any fraying of the wire, cracked parts, etc
I have to switch sails anyway (foot got shredded in the blow) - does the whole thing have to be pulled apart anyway to swap jibs?
thanks for the tutorial, guys