We have a CDI furler
, it is a bit unusual in that it does not use the boat's halyard
, it has its own. We didn't know anything about it when we bought the boat so we hired the "pro" at the marina to rig it, he insisted he'd seen 'em all but when he tried to hook it up to the boat's halyard
we knew we were in big trouble, I should have kicked his ass off the boat then and there. And so it worked terrible at first.
Got some good advice from our boat user group and sister-in-law's manfriend who is a racer
and fixed what the "pro" did wrong. Found it to be a very simple device and it works well, halyard wrap is impossible, easy to clean just lift
the drum up, hose it out with fresh water
and maybe give it a light spray of lube under the drum. We have no luff tape but once the forestay/backstay was tensioned properly we found we can point well to about 50% reefed on our 130% genoa
Talked to our sail maker about putting a luff tape on, he advised against it, said he felt the cost outweighed anything we might gain from it since it was already working about as well as could be expected. Go figure, an honest guy.