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that is a very very RUSTY forestay that has been "unwound" slightly...there are a couple of wires that have snapped...they are probably adding to the noise you feel and if unwound enough might be what the resistance is about

also to note is its swaged and not mechanical like most furlers recomend these days

get a new one made with prefferably a mechanical terminal in the lower connection, a toggle too, so that you can always be able to access and check the conditions of the wires on the bottom which is the one that takes the most abuse

stays unwinding are common failure points on furlers the reason being its very easy to really twist and warp the forestay a lot with a badly maintained furler that and unfurling a jammed sail is almost always the best way to snap wires...and unlay a forestay

good luck
 
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