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Top down Spinn Furlers ...

Im looking for actual user testimonials/experience of the top down spinn furlers.

Specifically Im seeking performance/usage, problems encountered such as sail cloth abrasion, continuous control line disengagement/slip, jams, reliability, etc. etc. Would appreciate seeing/reading 'the problems' and design faults encountered - by brand.

Im contemplating the furler for when single handing a 1650 sq. ft. asymm for my 'crab crusher'. I do NOT like 'snuffers'/chute scoops, etc., especially with a wet spinn.
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Re: Top down Spinn Furlers ...

You might want to contact Alex over at Anything-Sailing as I am pretty sure he has used some on Guletta. (SP?)
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Re: Top down Spinn Furlers ...

I don't have first hand experience with top down furlers.
But my system is similar - I have the Facnor AFX system that Facnor made before they changed to top down.

The AFX system is similar as it have a endless furler at the bottom, but the AFX uses a small Dyneema line attached mid luff to furle the sail from the middle.

I suspect that the reason for this design (opposed to top down) was the quality the anti torsion rope at that time.

I replaced my anti torsion rope last spring the improvement in the rope was noticeable.
Facnor have now also released top down - "because the AFX was to technical"..

I also replaced the furling line - rope makers have done progress in this area also.

It's important to select the correct rope for the task.

My Facnor have worked fine - but last years upgrade made it even better.

We don't leave the sail up in furled state for long periods, my experience is that we can't get i furled so tight that it won't flap in the wind.

No problems with slipping or disengaging, the problem with the old furling line was that it increased it's diameter with use/age so the friction increased.

I have seen the new Facnor model - seems to be a well designed kit.
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