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Vic Suben

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Roller Furler
« on: July 08, 2018, 05:42:52 AM »

Surprise is 1987 Mark I boat with a standard rig and a Furlex roller furler.  Last year I bought a used jib (~116) in good condition.  I used the jib in the last half of the season last year, and although the sail's luff is not as long as the 155 I had been using, I had no problem furling and unfurling it.  This year is a different story.  I've had problems furling and unfurling the sail.  When I observed that the halyard was wrapping around the headstay, I added a pennant at the tack to get the sail's head closer to the fitting just below the sheave.  This set up worked once.  Now the furler jams when I try to roll up the sail.  I am looking for suggestions as to how to solve this problem.


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Re: Roller Furler
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2018, 08:44:58 AM »

Itís not high enough up. You need to be only a few inches or less
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Re: Roller Furler
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2018, 09:36:19 AM »


Need to determine where itís jamming. eg, is the lower bearing completely free? 
Is there a halyard wrap (binoculars). 
The upper bearing may be stiff or seized (been there.)  When did you last service the bearings?
Halyard could be over- or under-tensioned.

Is the pennant free or is it (at the tack) lashed to the foil?
What was the OEM and current leech lengths?

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