I seem to be having an issue with my in mast furling
setup. The problem seems to be two fold and has happened on a number of occasions. Here's what I'm experiencing:
Firstly, the continuous line that runs from the ratchet on the mast
isn't spliced correctly and gets jammed in the lock handle in the cockpit
, so pulling the main out as well as in is quite difficult. This splice area also seems to come loose around the ratchet on the mast which the creates a whole other problem. I make sure to keep tension on the lines, it slips and jams due to a bulge around the spliced part.
Secondly, the ratchet setup is in such a way that there is two settings; ratchet and free. Its my understanding that when set on free the main will roll either way freely. When set on ratchet it seems that the main will only go one way; out. This seems to be backwards to me.
These two problems which have happened in conjunction with each other are not only worrisome but quite dangerous. When the furling
line from the cockpit
gets jammed, I can't reef the main when necessary. If I pull too tightly, it slips from the ratchet and I loose all control of the main. Both free and ratchet setting on the roller furling
allow the sail to come out, but only the free setting allows it to go in (as well as out, there is no way to lock it). This has almost caused catastrophic conditions on a number of occasions.
I believe that the roller is setup backwards. What I'd expect it do is when set to ratchet, is that the main will only go In and not out, this seems logical for safety's sake, but in reality it's set to the opposite. Today I Had to tie off a winch
handle with the halyard
to keep it from spinning out in 25 knot
winds when the line slipped. This is because there is no way to keep the main in the mast when the furling line slips.
If this is setup correctly and there is a way to not have this happen, please let me know. On another note, the continuous line is another issue altogether that needs to be addressed from hunter