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1982 Skye 51
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Hello all,
On the way between Montserrat and Guadeloupe, I discovered two problems that required immediate attention. The tang for my lower shrouds on the port side had cracked and was 1/4" from giving way--a machine shop is making replacements, so that's covered. However, I only discovered that problem because I went up the mast to figure out why my genny would furl 3/4 of the way and then stop. No amount of cranking on the furling line would budge it. The system is a 1981 Hood SeaFurl. At the top of teh mast, I discovered that the top section of sheath/track, only about 18" long, was MANGLED, aluminum was missing and there were bits of halyard caught in the jagged edges.

It seems that the car that the halyard attaches to and slides up and down the furling track stops turning at a certain point, whether at the top of the mast or at the bottom with the sail dropped. My first thought is that a bearig has gone bad and prefents total freedom of movement. (but why does it float 3/4 of the way in, then stop?) If this is the case, and the haylard starts to wrap around the forestay at the top, it would certainly stop the furler from furling.

Bottom line, I need to rep;ace the top section of track and don't know where to go about finding the parts as Hood's manufacturer is out of business. Can anyone recommend a parts source and/or a course of action towards fixing the root of the problem?

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
s/v Obelisk
Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe until the problem is fixed!
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