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Re: Harken furler selection
Ah, I see. That makes sense regarding the dual tracks. This is all new to me as I've never had a furler on any of my boats. Call me old school but I never minded being on deck and working with sails. I looked at it as a challenge and kind of enjoyed being on the roller coaster ride. Times have changed however and psychically I can't get up on deck as fast as I used to so I bit the bullet and decided to finally enter this century. I've used other peoples furlers while sailing with them but I have never rigged one myself. I did study the manual for it but obviously I misunderstood how that particular one worked.
Apparently, that independent swivel really helps the sail shape when reefing by allowing the center of the sail to furl first. For that reason alone it would seem to be worth the extra money.
I did notice some other things though, when you look at the required accessories for the furler, I am a bit confused as to what I need. Obviously I will contact Harken before dropping that kind of money but maybe I can glean some information here.
It says I need to buy their toggle assembly. I can understand that. However, it is only offered with a 1/2" clevis pin. On my particular C-30, the upper pins are all 1/2 but the lower pins are all 3/8. The new bow stem on the end of the bow sprit is really meaty. I dont understand why I couldn't drill out the hole to accept a 1/2 clevis. I mean, were not talking about removing much material here. They say they offer bushing to adapt the 1/2 to a 3/8 but I haven't found them yet.
The next thing is the top foil section, apparently I have to buy a pre cut top foil. How do I determine which one to buy? Keep in mind that this boat was originally a non bow sprit boat and I have bought all the parts new for CDirect to convert it. Therefore I don't have anything to go by when putting this all together. My measurements are going to be way off of anything standard. To the point that I'm considering stepping the mast without the bottom of the forestay being assembled so I can get the length right. I'll just use a halyard to act as a stay while doing this. I have all new standing rigging, swaged at the top and with Norseman ends on the bottom so I can adjust the length as needed.
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