Originally Posted by Onemoreproject
Thanks for your response. I am trying to install mine but its not going very well. I asked the Alado salesman for help but he referred me to someone else and they havent gotten back to me so I am looking for solutions to some of the problems I am running into.
After putting the foild on the headstay, one side is longer then the other. I went to the top of the mast
to make sure they are inserted all the way into the sheaves at the top of the foil and they are.I cant figure out why they are different lengths. Does anyone know how tha could be?
The directions say to have the "foil terminal tensioned against the top stay terminal". I have Norseman fittings and the Alado foil terminal rides up ov er the Norsman fitting, get stuck and prevents the foil from swiveling around the headstay. Another words I can't furl the sail if the foil and drum cant swivel on the headstay. In order to make it work I would need a spacer between the foil terminal and the Norseman fitting.
It also looks like the 2 luff feed pieces do not go opposite each other. Is that correct?
foils are different lengths did anyone experience that? The salesman David, says he nhasnt heard these questios in 15 years. I guess he cant be bothered with questions. If anypne could help me i would appreciate it.
I found the installation
quite easy to perform.
Let's deal with one thing at a time;
First, install a Foil Bushing on the head-stay.
Next, install one 2-1/2' Foil half-section together, making sure to locate the pin on the bushing in the hole at the TOP of the short Foil section. Now install a full 5' section onto the short one, also with hole at the top.
Install another Foil bushing on the head-stay and slide another 5' Foil section onto the lower end of the previously installed long section, making sure the pin of the bushing is located in the hole of the section you are now installing.
This process continues until you have sufficient pieces to fill your head-stay. You will now see that each and every section overlaps the previous section by half a section length. This assures a bushing is located and joins are staggered every every 2-1/2' ... providing maximum strength for the Foil and a bearing every 2-1/2' on the stay.
After I had two sections installed, I installed the top Terminal and tightened the two bolts, negating the need to tie the original halyard around the Foil sections. The new halyards were installed at this time too.
I was lucky enough to have a helper who was sliding the foil up the head-stay as I installed each new section, although someone in good health
(which I am not) should be able to do the installation
We pushed the Foil up until it contacted the top of the stay. A vice-grip was then attached to the stay as suggested to hold the Foil section UP in position while the last long section was cut to required length and installed.
All of this assembling was done with the head-stay in place and attached to the deck
fitting. Only then did we disconnect the stay at the lower end to install the Drum assembly, remembering to install the big bushing as we progressed. ... The stay was then re-attached to the deck
The Drum assembly was pushed up onto the completed Foil and the bolts were installed and tightened. The whole Furler assembly was then lowered to where I wanted the Drum assembly to be; The Nylon Clamp was installed to support the Drum Assembly, and the two bolts were tightened.
Lowering the complete Furler assembly a few inches provided adequate clearance from the top Head-stay fitting and the whole lot turns easily on the head-stay.
The sail was then slid into the luff groove of the Foil and hoisted with the new halyard to full height. The Halyard was pulled tight, and tied off to one of the èyes`on top of the drum. The excess line was cut off as recommended.
The jib-sail is now permanently installed however, should I need to lower it at some time in the future, I can easily attach a temporary extension to the end of the now shortened halyard.
All installation was done at deck level and nobody had to go aloft for any reason.
Hope this is of some help. If not, are you in a marina where another sailor might have an Alado who can help you ... This really is an easy installation if you follow the manual.