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Where did you route your furler line?

I am installing an Alado furler on my 28 footer in the next week and unsure where / how to route the line back to the cockpit. It seem two possibilities... Over the coachroof to the cabin top or along the rail fed thru stanchion blocks.

Are you happy with your arrangement? Why or why not? If not, what would you do differently?

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I am installing an Alado furler on my 28 footer in the next week and unsure where / how to route the line back to the cockpit. It seem two possibilities... Over the coachroof to the cabin top or along the rail fed thru stanchion blocks.

Are you happy with your arrangement? Why or why not? If not, what would you do differently?

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Actually, there's only one way to go... ;-)

Back along the rail to a ratchet/turning block aft of wherever your position will be when furling the sail - the key to trouble-free furling, IMHO... A major consideration when going this route, is to keep the line low enough - or make a provision for being able to lower it to deck level or below the rail - so that it doesn't become a tripping hazard when stepping on and off the boat, if you have an opening gate in your lifelines...
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Re: Where did you route your furler line?

I'm at deck level under the life lines; using a block at the furler and eyes the rest of the way ending with a cleat. This works well for me and is out of the way!....Dale

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Re: Where did you route your furler line?

Mine is at deck level with blocks at three stanchion bases. A cleat is screwed to the outside of the coaming. I like it.
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Actually, there's only one way to go... ;-)

. . . a ratchet/turning block aft . . ..
On Cassandra, I have as Jon Ersberg suggests, except that my turning block isn't ratcheted. I like that idea.

Oh, I removed the turning block for a straight run, thinking it would be easier--it wasn't--so put it back on. Now I think I'll swap it for a ratchet turning block.
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Re: Where did you route your furler line?

I believe in the path of least resistance. The PO had it routed through an eye and several blocks mounted on stanchions. I eliminated the stanchions (a whole other issue), so I have it coming off one block connected to a shroud. Works great! I'll attach a pic when I get a chance.
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Re: Where did you route your furler line?

Correction, I previously had it running off a shroud, but changed it to the configuration in the pic. Works great (red arrows).
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Re: Where did you route your furler line?

Both of my Alado furlers were routed through stantion blocks that lead to the jib winch and terminates on it's own cleat. Because of the construction of the Alado, I have never used the winch to furl my 100 percent, heavy jib, even in fairly strong winds. I'll try to shoot a photo of it this week.

BTW, I mounted the drum at the top of the bottom forestay turnbuckle and this provides me with a lot of vision beneath the sail that other folks don't often have.



You will love that furling system,

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Re: Where did you route your furler line?

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Correction, I previously had it running off a shroud, but changed it to the configuration in the pic. Works great (red arrows).
No Lifelines? I don't think I could move around on a boat like that. I don't always pull or grab onto them but its always a good balance point, plus a great routing for furler lines. But you don't have to worry about the boarding gate being in the wrong place.
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Re: Where did you route your furler line?

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On Cassandra, I have as Jon Ersberg suggests, except that my turning block isn't ratcheted. I like that idea.

Oh, I removed the turning block for a straight run, thinking it would be easier--it wasn't--so put it back on. Now I think I'll swap it for a ratchet turning block.
I just installed a ratchet block, its most helpful when reefing. Its like a wrap around a winch, try not letting all the sail out in a blow with and without a ratchet block and you will see what I mean.
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