Top Down Furlers - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 09-16-2015 Thread Starter
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: NC
Posts: 431
Thanks: 41
Thanked 20 Times in 20 Posts
Rep Power: 8
Top Down Furlers

How well do these work in general, and especially for singlehanding? Also, all of the ones I have seen are mounted forward of the jib. I see no where to do this on my boat. Would it be even feasible on this boat without some fabrication?
[IMG] photo IMG_1429 2_zps8ughs4me.jpg[/IMG]
FirstCandC is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 Old 09-16-2015
Freedom isn't free
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bedford, VA
Posts: 2,911
Thanks: 11
Thanked 181 Times in 174 Posts
Rep Power: 13
Re: Top Down Furlers

There is always a retractable sprit.

Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA
SHNOOL is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 09-16-2015
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: New Orleans Louisiana
Posts: 3,264
Thanks: 10
Thanked 140 Times in 134 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Re: Top Down Furlers

In my experience they work pretty well. There is a trick to most of them in getting just the right amount of halyard tension to allow the torsion rope to turn, but if you mark the line at the right spot it isn't difficult.

As for your boat. You would need to add a retractable or fixed bowsprit to fly the sail from anyway. The furler just sits in-between the bowsprit and the sail.

Stumble is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 09-16-2015
JimMcGee's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Marathon, Florida
Posts: 2,417
Thanks: 103
Thanked 85 Times in 80 Posts
Rep Power: 15
Re: Top Down Furlers

This video shows the Seldon setup, top down furler, retractable bow sprit, etc.

Currently Boatless

The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau
JimMcGee is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 09-17-2015
Senior Member
BarryL's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 2,323
Thanks: 6
Thanked 118 Times in 113 Posts
Rep Power: 17
Re: Top Down Furlers


i don't have a lot of experience with this. On the boat I sailed that had it, there was no fixed bow sprint. The owner rigged the spin pole as a short sprit and attached the furling unit to that. It never worked well because at the head of the sail there wasn't enough room between the forestay and the torsion line for the sail to fit. When you started to furl the sail it would work well. As the sail rolled around the torsion line, it would start to bind against the forestay. If you got a real tight wrap it would work Ok. If you didn't it would bind, you'd have to let the sail out, then wind it in again, etc. Not easy to use.

I think that a longer sprit, and / or a fractional rigged forestay, would work a lot better.


Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
BarryL is online now  
post #6 of 7 Old 09-19-2015
Senior Member
dhays's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
Posts: 736
Thanks: 3
Thanked 8 Times in 6 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Re: Top Down Furlers

As someone who flies my asym while single handing a fair amount, I think I would really like it. There is just isn't a great place to install a sprit on my boat.



47⁰20'11.7" N
122⁰35'20.8" W
M/V Kinship, North Pacific 43
S/V Legacy, Catalina 400 MkII, Hull #328

Last edited by dhays; 10-03-2015 at 02:04 PM. Reason: omitted the key work.
dhays is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 10-03-2015
Junior Member
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 19
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0
Re: Top Down Furlers

They are great and Selden, in my opinion is excellent. Their equipment is top notch on everything they sell and they are great to do business with. For regular furlers, Furlex is the best on the market in my opinion. I have seen the top down furler work and it also is fabulous. Go for it.
barnacle billy is offline  

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Top down Spinn Furlers ... RichH General Discussion (sailing related) 2 05-18-2015 10:07 AM
Top Down Furlers Yachtjuno Gear & Maintenance 23 07-06-2014 03:23 PM
FURLERS drynoc Gear & Maintenance 22 04-26-2010 11:22 PM
Furlers, which one is best for my use? sailbear50 Gear & Maintenance 3 04-11-2009 09:59 AM
Furlers drynoc Gear & Maintenance 0 02-16-2004 04:20 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome