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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?
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There is always a retractable sprit.

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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.

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

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Re: Top Down Furlers

Hey,

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.

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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.

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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.
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