So long time lurker (I usually just go looking through existing posts for an answer) and first time poster.
My problem is that I currently have a Reckmann hydraulic furler
on the headsail and the faceplate came off (now on the bottom of the ocean) and the gears almost joined them. Well when I called the dealers for Reckmann and he called the manufacturer directly and they said that the furler
I have is no longer made so they probably can't fix it (no parts) and a new one would cost 25k. The part that really got my goat was that they recommend that the unit be rebuilt every 10 years, yet this unit is around 20 years old and they no longer have parts
for it - what?!? Aggravating.
Needless to say I am currently trying to figure out a traditional manual furler and wanted to know what people had to say in terms of A) reliability
b)cost c) parts
accessibility (dealer network). It's a 53' foot boat so that certainly limits my options as well.
Thanks for the input,