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When I tack, my jib sheet will ocassionally get caught inside the tines of my staysail's furler. When it does, I have to go forward and pull the the sheet free. I have a Profurl ProEngin for both head sails.

Any suggestions on how to prevent this? I am thinking of sewing a bit of stout canvas that I can wrap around the furler - with an opening for the furling line. Appreciate any advice. Thanks.
 

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Canvas won't last and could get trapped itself, jamming the drum.

Ask your friendly stainless-guy to make up an open wire 'cage' to replace the tines you have there now - basically extending the tines up a bit further then welded onto a stainless wire half-ring above the furler drum.

It's not difficult or expensive and will work fine. :)
 

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I think your tines are out of alignment. See the heights are different? Looks like that bolt can adjust it.
Also, you may have a bit much tension on the furling line. I have mine just firm but not nipped up at all, and definitely not loose. Sometimes on sailboats everyone pulls too hard on unused lines because they think its Bristol fashion.

A permant solution may be A granny bar keeping the sheets forward. It would a pity as its deck junk
 

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Just hook a bungee forward of the furler to keep the sheets off it. Also, don't let the lazy sheet hang more than it needs to, and keep some tension/control on the sheets whilst tacking
 

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This is a 22 ft. boat; why the staysail? especially with the mast at approx. @ 40% LOA.

I'd recommend/suggest to disconnect the forestay - the stay that the (fore)staysail is attached - and its furler and tie it to a cap shroud and then sail the boat as a simple sloop using only the headstay / genoa connected. If you then need the staysail such as during stink weather / deep reefing, then you could simply reconnect the forestay/staysail/furler when NEEDED. A cutter rigged boat sailed as a sloop will have MUCH better light wind performance especially in normal light winds as found near Wash DC during mid-summer.
You could then use a larger genoa and not have the constant hassle of the genoa/jib fouling on the forestay when tacking; ...... AND, since the mast is at ~40% LOA simply use only a large genoa and NO mainsail up as with the mast at 40%, you will be able to 'point' surprisingly high with just a big genoa or large LP jib flying instead of using a first reef in the main. Such would make sail handling MUCH easier and with less 'hassle'.
Plus, ....... with an "either/or sail" selection instead of always "headsail + stays'l" up you wont be fouling lines on that staysail furler, nor on a furled up staysail.
Cutter rigs are MUCH different 'sailing animals' than simple sloops.

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Have Solent rig. I don't catch in furler but in other stuff. Eliminated problem by just keeping very slight tension on lazy sheet as tack it done. ( usually have firm tension until through eye of wind anyway). That way sheet is always high above deck and mo chance of fouling on anything.
 

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RichH, you are absolutely correct! I realize now that I forgot to update my account info. I now own a 1987 Hans Christian 33. And, you're also right on about light winds during mid-summer on the Chesapeake Bay. It's a great time for checking off items on the to-do list, like bothersome furlers. Thanks, and thanks to all for the helpful response. Have a great summer.
 
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