so. why not?
my furller uses a small diameter cable, tied into a rope
why not cut the cable at the rope
, and attach a small winch
when i say winch
, i mean as in
ATV Winch - 12 Volt ATV Winch with Load-Holding Brake
the only issue i see with this is if the headsail becomes jammed.
to prevent this issue, i could attach the winch to a undersized breaker.
as soon as the load goes too high, the breaker flips, and the winch stops.
(what if it fails) if the winch is stuck in the out position, i can simply rig a snatch block over the line, attach to a fixed point amidships, and use a winch on the other end of the line. if it gets stuck in the in position, then i need to replace the winch, and rig it as i said just now, pulling the cable release, and using it as manual.
i could carry a spare winch, in case the first one seizes up. i could also make it part of a once yearly maintenance
schedule, to completely replace the winch.
this winch is $39. a bit cheaper then the ones profurl sells, right?
mounting, i could mount the winch in the aft portion of the anchor locker
, and fit a nice rolling block, to prevent chafe.
1the winch will not last long in a saltwater environment
, thou sealing with silicone, may make it last a full year without issue.
3having to go to the foredeck in case of failure, perhaps in adverse conditions.
have i forgotten something?