Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 12-08-2013, 05:32   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Marblehead
Boat: Brewer 44
Posts: 64
Hood Stoway Main furling system

Hi,
new to the site, we have a hood stoway in mast furling on the main and yesterday we furled it in and the system just died. The switch does nothing. wont come out or in. cant hear the electric motor running at all. I checked all the breakers and fuses and both are fine.

I dont know a think about this system. Boat is new and came with it. We have a Brewer 44 1989.

Manual is useless. Does anyone know if these systems can be used manually? It is an electric furling system, but must be a way to manually furl and unfurl it. Nothing in the manual.
thanks
bill
__________________

__________________
bfiegener is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 05:53   #2
Marine Service Provider
 
Scott Berg's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Aboard
Boat: Seaton 60' Ketch
Posts: 968
Re: Hood Stoway Main furling system

I'm very familiar with these systems; they have over load protection in the relay box and I"m guessing it just kicked in to protect the sail; it resets in a matter of seconds...

Also, yes on manual, they use a small hand crank.... contact me directly to discuss if you wish; I've maintained several and have one on my 60' ketch

SB

Quote:
Originally Posted by bfiegener View Post
Hi,
new to the site, we have a hood stoway in mast furling on the main and yesterday we furled it in and the system just died. The switch does nothing. wont come out or in. cant hear the electric motor running at all. I checked all the breakers and fuses and both are fine.

I dont know a think about this system. Boat is new and came with it. We have a Brewer 44 1989.

Manual is useless. Does anyone know if these systems can be used manually? It is an electric furling system, but must be a way to manually furl and unfurl it. Nothing in the manual.
thanks
bill
__________________

__________________
Scott Berg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 06:27   #3
Registered User

Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 466
Re: Hood Stoway Main furling system

I also have the Hood Stoway Main Furling.

Advice above sounds good, but just to add my experience so far......

(Mine also came with no manual hand crank, so I bought one about 5 years ago... rubber seal by the hand crank seems to only last 3 years before leaking ATF fluid)... I've replaced it twice)

It is hydraulic and has no electrical load type breakers. Flow pressure can be set at the pump and this influences the strength of the furling motor.

The outhaul does not have this and is so powerful that I'm sure it would rip the clew right out of the sail given half a chance.

However I am careful to watch what is going on whenever it is used.

Whatever you do, make sure the system still works in tough conditions and not just light wind days.

Just a point worth considering.... My system was setup so that the furling motor put very little stress on the sail, the downside was that in winds over 15kts, it was nearly impossible to furl the sail away. I then altered the pump pressure so that now the sail can be put away in +50kts.

This for me , makes the whole system much safer.

Another tip when furling away, by having the boom offset, you lessen the angle onto the foil and this takes load of the mechanism. Its designed this way. Have a look at the angle where the sail enters the mast and you will understand what I mean. The boom angle only needs a bit of offset, however, if the boom offset is to the wrong side, then the angle into the mast becomes quite sharp.
__________________
Fuss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 06:50   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Toronto area when not cruising
Boat: Bristol 45.5
Posts: 680
Re: Hood Stoway Main furling system

Interesting comment on hydraulic Hood system. Ours seems to be entirely electrical. As well as the crank for manually furling you can also drop the main, in an emergency, by disconnecting the foil at the bottom.
__________________
Still looking for our next boat. Have decided we want to have something that will keep us happy for the next 10 years or so. By then I will be pushing 80 and if i am still sailing that will be a very good thing.
AiniA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 08:09   #5
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Marblehead
Boat: Brewer 44
Posts: 64
Re: Hood Stoway Main furling system

Scott,
How do I contact you directly?

Also, I did wait a few minutes for it to reset but nothing. I tried again after an hour and still nothing. Dont know what would have burned out on it. It furled in without any trouble.
bill
__________________
bfiegener is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2013, 08:10   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Marblehead
Boat: Brewer 44
Posts: 64
Re: Hood Stoway Main furling system

Scott,
How do I contact you directly?
bill
__________________
bfiegener is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2014, 16:28   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Cronulla Australia
Boat: Royal Cape
Posts: 1
Re: Hood Stoway Main furling system

Hi
Very new to site.I joined after reading last thread. I have a Hood electric/hydraulic furler and the manual crank output sharf seal is leaking oil. I was hoping that maybe Scott (SB) might be able to give me some advice on parts eg seal and what oil goes in hydraulics. Looks like ATF. Rig is on a 50Ft Cat I am based in Australia and would appreciate any held.
Dave
__________________
chomps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2014, 02:13   #8
Registered User

Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 466
Re: Hood Stoway Main furling system

Quote:
Originally Posted by chomps View Post
Hi
Very new to site.I joined after reading last thread. I have a Hood electric/hydraulic furler and the manual crank output sharf seal is leaking oil. I was hoping that maybe Scott (SB) might be able to give me some advice on parts eg seal and what oil goes in hydraulics. Looks like ATF. Rig is on a 50Ft Cat I am based in Australia and would appreciate any held.
Dave
Hi,
The seal is an uncommon imperial part. You should be able to source it by taking out the old one carefully and then taking it to a bearing/seal specialist.
I seem to remember that it is made in the states.
Do not put the new one in with strong sealant as you want to be able to remove it again easily. This is a commonly made mistake.

The seal normally lasts for 4 years.

Not all hood furling systems are the same, there are a few iterations.

Oil is ATF fluid.
__________________
Fuss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2014, 03:22   #9
Moderator
 
carstenb's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: May 2012
Location: Copenhagen
Boat: Jeanneau Sun Fast 40.3
Posts: 4,981
Images: 1
Re: Hood Stoway Main furling system

Quote:
Originally Posted by bfiegener View Post
Scott,
How do I contact you directly?
bill
Click on his profile avatar and then find "send PM" this gets him a personal message n his inbox here on CF
__________________
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by
carstenb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2014, 07:52   #10
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Newport, RI
Boat: Little Harbor 53'
Posts: 161
Images: 4
Re: Hood Stoway Main furling system

Hi all! We are in the final stages of our survey for our little harbor 53' fitted with a hood stowaway system. As we approach sea trial are there specific test we can perform on the system beyond normal operation? What are some of the typical maintenance items I should be looking. Through the service logs to ensure were being done over the years? Thanks in advance!
__________________

__________________
Jbingham is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
furling, hood

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:51.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.