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Old 30-06-2008, 11:09   #1
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Hood Seafurl 3250 - Rebuild?

Boat has 2 3250s, and both are hard to furl/unfurl. I know jack about furlers - but it always seems to be the case: At first I know nothing until I tackle a project, and afterwards, I'm an EXPERT!

Talked to Hood, and just the bearings are $500 per furler... 4 on top, 2 at the bottom. Any thoughts as to whether or not I should tackle this?

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No opinions out there?
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I've rebuilt a small schaefer it was pretty easy, but like I say it was small and I don't know that it would be any comparison to a larger hood model. I am however the type of person that would rather spend a lot of time and sometimes money learning how to do something myself rather then paying someone to do it and not having a clue how it works.
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Yeah, that drives my wife crazy... I LOVE to find out how things work. Used to drive my father crazy too - I'd take things apart to see how they worked, and then couldn't get them back together again. Thank goodness for digital cameras!
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There are a few things that can cause the furler to be hard to furl and unfurl including rigging tensions.

Before I spent $500 just for bearings i would have it down for myself.

You should be able to drop the sail off and get a good idea about the bearings with the roller units unloaded.
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"If you break it taking it apart you're not getting another one"

I'd take it apart and see if you can get a bearing make and model number you can prolly order them for a fifth of that online., I rebuilt an old jeep pulley, dealer wanted over 200, i bought the bearings for $8.50 each.
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seafurl 3250

Might be of interest to you if you look on YBW Forum for sale section. a section of Hood Seafurl 3250 RR system with drum and top swivel for very little money
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Do you rinse the furlers off with fresh water regularly? If not blast everything with a hose for a while and see if that frees them up.
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I rebuilt an older Hood system last summer. Obsolete so I had to machine the bearing inserts and do a little welding too. I did not think the design was very good compared to comparable systems sold at the time. I wouldn’t have it on a boat of mine.

Have you pulled the jib off the foil? Get the top bearing down and check it out. It could be something fairly simple.

Do you have a parts breakdown? Any owners manual? The Hood systems seem to be fussy about everything being just right or they wrap the halyard around the stay instead of the jib around the foil.

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This was a 2 year old post. The furlers work just OK, not great. Hood wanted $800 a set for bearings.

When we take off to go cruising, I'll replace the units.
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Re: Hood Seafurl 3250 - Rebuild?

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Do you rinse the furlers off with fresh water regularly? If not blast everything with a hose for a while and see if that frees them up.
Does this include rinsing the top of the furling? How does one do that?
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