Be careful about taking this approach, depending on what sort of line you decide to use... On many common double braids, the cover is far weaker than the core, and since a furling line can see considerable loads, I'd be very wary of trusting the strength of most cover materials...
I'd suggest going with a higher-tech rope
, and stripping the cover, instead... I use Samson
MLX, a rope
with a very nice hand to start with, a big consideration for a furling line... With a dyneema
blend core, there is no loss of strength or possibility of increased stretch, and retains excellent UV protection... And as Dyneema
is a very 'slippery' material, it lays beautifully on the drum, and you'd really have to do something extraordinary to ever have it snag, or develop an override. It's money
very well spent, IMHO...
has instructions on their site re how to taper, bury, and lockstitch the cover, it's a pretty simple process...