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Old 02-06-2011, 15:51   #1
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Jib Furler Broke - Now What ?

Hello All! I am pretty new to sailing and need a bit of guidence on this. THe tube that extends upward on my jib furler snaped in half. I jsut saw this sailing the other day. I don't think the tube is repairable, but do you know if I can purchae this part by itself, or can I only buy the whole system? There are no marking on it wehat so ever, but doing some reserch it appears it my unit is a profurl brand unit.

How hard is this to replace? Is this something to leave to an expert, or can I fix myself? I am pretty handy and can fix about anything on land, so I assume this whould not be too difficult.


TIA for all your help!

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find out who makes it and go to them for replacement parts. good luck...Ed
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The tubing comes in sections... just need two replacement tubes...
Can do it yourself... but you'll need help..
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The tubing comes in sections... just need two replacement tubes...
Can do it yourself... but you'll need help..
This is true, but the devil is in the details.

The sail will need to be removed and the forestay and roller furling will need to be taken off the boat before the tubes can be replaced.
Be sure to use the main halyard to act as an interm support for the mast by attaching to the bow. More than one person has disconnected the forestay and watched as the mast toppled over.
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Hello All! I am pretty new to sailing and need a bit of guidence on this. THe tube that extends upward on my jib furler snaped in half. I jsut saw this sailing the other day. I don't think the tube is repairable, but do you know if I can purchae this part by itself, or can I only buy the whole system? There are no marking on it wehat so ever, but doing some reserch it appears it my unit is a profurl brand unit.

How hard is this to replace? Is this something to leave to an expert, or can I fix myself? I am pretty handy and can fix about anything on land, so I assume this whould not be too difficult.


TIA for all your help!

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G'Day Brian,

That doesn't look like the standard Pro Furl to me. The basket on the drum looks like the one on my staysail furler, and it is a Facnor (another French OEM). You might look at their website and compare... There should be no problem in getting a replacement foil section if the manufacturer is still in business. In fact, many riggers will have extra bits left over from installations that didn't require all the sections that are supplied in the standard kit. Once you have identified the unit a few calls might locate one in your area.

How did this breakage come about? First time I have seen such an injury.

Good luck.

Cheers,

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Thank you all! I don't mind doing some research and legwork, just needed to be put in the right direction. I started to read some of the profurl manuals to get an understanding of how these work. I may be able to machine a coller and set screws to make this right. if it doesn't appear the that will be rebust enough I will start to call around to some of the boatyards to get some quotes. I hope they don't mind me watching them so that i learn....

Jim, not sure how this happened, to me it looks like it has been this way for quite sometime, and I have only had the boat 7 months. It does expalin why furling even in light winds was not smooth. You would pull on teh line and it would be very hard, then easy, then hard.
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Can't really see from the pix but if this is one of the furlers with a swageless eye, it is not all that easy to get the wire seated correctly. You'll need to order a couple of new seats and cones because it's easy to ruin them if you haven't done this before.

As far as being hard to operate, stopping and starting I found that inadequate tension on the headstay is usually the culprit.
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This is true, but the devil is in the details.

The sail will need to be removed and the forestay and roller furling will need to be taken off the boat before the tubes can be replaced.
Be sure to use the main halyard to act as an interm support for the mast by attaching to the bow. More than one person has disconnected the forestay and watched as the mast toppled over.
ROFL... true...
But the hard bit is getting it back up without bending/dislodging the foils... as I discovered in Oriental with my Cherubini 37...
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