All thoughts welcome!
My recent aquisition (Tartan 27-2) came with a Harken MK I furler, with a solid stainless cup with a single opening, and an aluminum spool. Stamped on the spool is "Series 0 - 491". Harken says that my model has the size and date stamped on the spool, so the date of manufacture could be 4/91. This was left off later models.
It has the advantage of being metal, later models use a plastic spool. But it is old. Too old? Bearings spin fine, may have had little use and it was mostly on fresh water.
Further, I'd like to hear people's thoughts on the safety/advantages of furlers compared to hank on. Last summer I saw a boat having difficulties with their furler head sail, a huge one flying loose. I also read the recently posted link to "The Voyages of Mirador" during a hurricane and saw this:
The genoa on Aries, a Catalina 42 from San Francisco, had partially unfurled and was tearing itself apart.
Again, I've run across a few other accounts of the genoas breaking loose in storms, not really looking for them just finding them.
Another thought, can you add hanks to a furler sail with the #6 tape, just treating it like a bolt rope? Sailcare wants almost $1k to renew my furling jib , which I'm not even sure I want to use. Did not look that bad to me.
Actually I'm interested in any thoughts anyone has on furlers. I'm old fashioned enough to never have used one on my own boat. I do think part of the problem I visualize is that people are often using huge genoas. A smaller one that could be furled down without losing so much shape might be better for my tastes.
I'm not keen on losing shape, nor on having to leave the sail up, nor on having all that windage and mass aloft when furled, nor on the idea that one tack might be different than the other when partially furled.
But my sister says I should definitely
use the furler! She really likes hers.
What do you think, dream, or imagine? what have you experienced?