Upgrade to roller furler - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 12-11-2017 Thread Starter
Junior Member
ThanksDad's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 6
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Upgrade to roller furler

Considering upgrading my 1967 Contest 29 with a roller Furler. Is this a DIY project? Doesn’t seem too difficult. Which type/brand is best in terms of jams? Any reason not to buy a used one if it’s working and in good condition? We sail on Lake Michigan out of Waukegan, IL. Any suggestions on a sail loft to recut my Genoa for use with a roller furler?
ThanksDad is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 Old 12-11-2017
Senior Member
travlin-easy's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Maryland - USA
Posts: 6,647
Thanks: 2
Thanked 131 Times in 110 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Re: Upgrade to roller furler

I can highly recommend Alado roller furling systems, and yes, you can install it yourself.

travlin-easy is online now  
post #3 of 8 Old 12-11-2017
Master Mariner
capta's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: somewhere south of civilization
Posts: 8,092
Thanks: 179
Thanked 421 Times in 409 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Re: Upgrade to roller furler

I've installed a couple of furling set ups and most require slipping the foil over the stay. In other words, you might have to take the headstay off the boat and then hoist it back up with the added weight of the furler. It also might mean redoing the swage on that stay, and lengthening the toggle, or just replacing the headstay if it is near the end of it's lifespan anyway. If you feel comfortable doing that sort of work, then go for it. If not, hire a rigger and have it done. Maybe, if you think you need it, you can get the rigger to do a rig survey at the same time, killing two birds w/one stone.

"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

capta is online now  
post #4 of 8 Old 12-11-2017
Senior Member
roverhi's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Kona, Hawaii
Posts: 1,001
Thanks: 5
Thanked 86 Times in 83 Posts
Rep Power: 7
Re: Upgrade to roller furler

It's a pretty easy job if you don't mind doing some work at the top of the mast. Would take it as an opportunity to replace the headstay as a safety issue. Some furlers require that you put the wire through with a bare head, no swage or StaLok. You can do a StaLok if you can read the instructions, a swage will require a rigger to install.
roverhi is online now  
post #5 of 8 Old 12-11-2017
Senior Member
Faster's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 19,488
Thanks: 160
Thanked 587 Times in 558 Posts
Rep Power: 17
Re: Upgrade to roller furler

The Alado is known for its robustness and simplicity, and the halyard is confined to the furler assembly too, so you won't get halyard wrap.

Furlex makes a good product, esp for DIY as it includes a new forestay and a mechanical terminal - it's a standard swivel-based furler that allows you to adjust halyard tension conventionally.

You do need to be comfortable with setting up a temporary stay (halyard) and removing/replacing the headstay - and working aloft - unless the mast is down.


1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Faster is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 12-18-2017
Junior Member
SailingKnottyGurl's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: great white north
Posts: 20
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0
Re: Upgrade to roller furler

i did the harken single track furler for my 26ft, was an afternoon to install and test. I just had the hanks removed from my geneoa and the #6 bolt rope installed a couple weeks prior to install so i had it ready, after testing i ordered new foresail 135% and enjoy how easy it is to singlehand it.
total cost was around 800 for furler and sail rope modification
SailingKnottyGurl is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 12-18-2017
Barquito's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 3,450
Thanks: 1
Thanked 93 Times in 91 Posts
Rep Power: 13
Re: Upgrade to roller furler

If you don't normally store with your mast down, this would be a good year to take it down to do this work. If it has been a few years, it is a good opportunity to take a good look at all the rigging.

Valiant 32
Barquito is online now  
post #8 of 8 Old 12-20-2017
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 265
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 11
Re: Upgrade to roller furler

Just installed a Facnor. Was not too difficult. Had a new forestay made and installed the furler over the stay and then hoisted it up to the masthead and swapped it with the old.
Plumbean 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)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Halyard and roller furler danvon Gear & Maintenance 2 02-24-2015 01:49 PM
Help with my roller furler abrahamx Gear & Maintenance 3 07-17-2013 11:17 AM
Roller Furler for Alberg 35 Lake Erie Monster Gear & Maintenance 6 04-15-2013 05:14 PM
roller furler issues freddyray General Discussion (sailing related) 6 05-08-2010 09:07 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