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mregan

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Roller furler issue
« on: July 03, 2016, 12:24:06 PM »

Roller furler has gotten harder to roll in over the past couple of years. Each year it seems to get harder to roll up. . Once I get about 1/6 of the jib in it rolls up pretty easy but to get that first 1/6 in is a real bear. Last 3-4 times we were out it was 10-15 knot winds. Turned boat into the wind and pulled with all m might and couldn't get it started. My 14 yr old daughter had to help me. It's a Cruising Design Reefer I.  Seems to unroll fine. Not sure if it's time for new one its original '86. Or maybe need service? 
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Re: Roller furler issue
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2016, 03:08:39 PM »

unfamiliar with that brand.  The bearings might need cleaning.  Check your manual or google how to.  Also check your upper swivel it might need it also.
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Re: Roller furler issue
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2016, 07:59:38 PM »

Wrap the fueling line around winch when that happens.
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Re: Roller furler issue
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2016, 08:40:05 PM »

Sounds like the line is bunching up in the drum.
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Re: Roller furler issue
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2016, 08:49:10 PM »

Line bunching would be my guess if it is only at the start of furling.
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Re: Roller furler issue
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2016, 08:53:44 PM »

Roller furler has gotten harder to roll in over the past couple of years. Each year it seems to get harder to roll up. . Once I get about 1/6 of the jib in it rolls up pretty easy but to get that first 1/6 in is a real bear. Last 3-4 times we were out it was 10-15 knot winds. Turned boat into the wind and pulled with all m might and couldn't get it started. My 14 yr old daughter had to help me. It's a Cruising Design Reefer I.  Seems to unroll fine. Not sure if it's time for new one its original '86. Or maybe need service?

Take her out on a calm day when you can mess with it and not be a fire drill.  unfurled you can try to turn both the the drum and the foil by hand - and tell if the tension holding it is in the lower or upper -- then proceed accordingly.   
If it makes any sense -- if it's the lower, you will feel the tension on the drum and see/feel no torsion on the foil.   If it's the upper, the drum will start to turn easily, but there will be torsion on the foil that will stop it.  If it's never been serviced it's likely a swivel might be hung up due to age.  May or may not be able to free it up to original, but worth a try.   many many years ago i had to replace upper bearing (different model)

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Re: Roller furler issue
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2016, 04:11:50 AM »

hi
i have the same issue with my furler which i think is the original hood.   very hard to furl and use the winch for that purpose.  A local rigger told me no one uses these old furlers anymore and that he would recommend getting a new one.   I've tried hosing down the furler but that hasn't helped either

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Re: Roller furler issue
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2016, 08:54:29 AM »

One thing you may try is easing up on the halyard tension.  Too much makes furling harder.
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Re: Roller furler issue
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2016, 11:42:43 AM »

You could also try tightening the back stay
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Re: Roller furler issue
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2016, 02:17:44 PM »

   My old Hood double line got stiff and hard to turn. Pulled it apart and found the delrin bearings worn down. Replaced all stainless and delrin bearings and all was good until the next time they got worn down. You may want to check and see if some are smaller in size.
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