Ok this is my next big project
, well maybe not that big .
I have a Profurl NC42 fuler , and let me tell you that it is a real bear to get my 130% headsail furled when it is blowing 20 knots plus . This has got to go !! My main is a breeze to handle , I dread my headsail!
Ok so I am designing a Hydraulic system with the motor
mounted beneath the rope
drum and a power pack in my anchor locker
. I will drive it using direct gears or a stainless chain and sprockets , Then enclose it with a very nice fiberglass
cover that will be easily
removed and afford some protection from the elements .
I have talked to a hydraulic specialist and he says this is well within the power range of a 12v system. I used the max amount of torque and rpm
from a spec sheet supplied by a Harken
as a starting point .
line will still be used a normal and I can furl it by hand if I choose to , i will just have the option to push a botun and have the hydraulics do the work . Deployment will not change , the motor
may slow the unfurling process down a bit but the motor will hold no pressure against the process.
Any one ever do this before , any suggestions?