Is the boat in the water? If not, you may find the noise goes away when wet, try throwing a pail of water on the fittings and see if the squeak disappears. If it does not, I'd try working some waterproof grease into the fitting, the type of grease used on furling units that require greasing, for exampleI have just taken the plunge and purchased a bene 320 so the fun starts. The tiller is extremely stiff and creaks when moved, evidently i need to lubricate but is there an easy way to do this?
Check to see what servicing your particular furling system nee3ds annually. My Furlex requires washing and greasing of drum and swivel bearings.Thanks for the input, I will try first to grease it as the roller furling also gets jammed on release. If that doesn't work i'll look at a haul out. The boat has had very infrequent use so i'm hoping that with more use it will free up.