My boat came with 2 headsails. The other day I wanted to hoist the bigger of the 2 sails
. So I took the first sail down but there was a really hard spot where the furler
car got stuck and I had to yank down on the sail.(Furler car: don't know the proper name but its the piece of the furling
unit that slides along the forestay when hoisting the sail). Then I hoisted the other sail and I discovered that it does not reach the top. It's about 4 feet down from the top and interestingly enough, that is roughly where it was difficult to pull the first sail down.
So, what I thought might of happened is that the PO go a sail that was not made for this boat and he used it anyways. I think it might have been fine without a furling
unit. But because of the "metal track" (metal cover that is over the stay) and a sail that did not reach the top, I think it might of put a small bend in the "metal track" due to the uneven distribution of the load.
I'm lucky that it still works fine with the exeption of that hader yank while hoisting or lowering.
Does my theory sound right?
Does a headsail on a furling unit need to reach the top regardless of it's size (110,130,150)