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Re: Roller Furling Bearing Replacement - Necessary to take down entire furling system
IIRC the Stearns system was very different in that the foil IS the headstay (unlike most all the others where the foil is installed over a conventional wire & turnbuckle forestay.)
So for one thing, (If I've remembered correctly) working on the bearing means removing the 'forestay'. If you leave the top connected I can imagine some issues trying to work on the bearing that way...
You can temporarily support the rig with tensioned halyards. Proceed with caution, I'd say..
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