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Old 13-11-2012, 17:27   #1
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Loop style furling line - needs tension

My boat has an older Hood roller furling that uses a continuous loop to roll the 'drum'. The problem is that it is almost impossible to tension as the sail blows itself out (after I start to unfurl it of course)... and even harder to keep tension on the 'clutch' when trying to roll it back in in high winds.

I'll often pull the line in one arm length with all of my might and at the moment I reach down to grab the line further down to pull again, the clutch slips and the sail blows itself out again. Dangerous in high winds to say the least.

I would love to switch to a two-rope one-on-one-off drum system but there is no 'drum' to speak of so my options are to buy a new roller furling system or try to add some sort of tensioner so that the rope won't slip off of the clutch as I am rolling it in.

Ideas for a tensioning system? Brushes? It needs to be easy enough to pull that my wife can do it to... so not too much friction.

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Old 13-11-2012, 17:34   #2
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Re: Loop style furling line - needs tension

Aussie,

I have had a lot of luck with simple ratchet blocks. Or you can intentionally use bad leads to increads the drag, but this is poor practice.
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Old 13-11-2012, 17:36   #3
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Re: Loop style furling line - needs tension

I feel your pain... Lived with one for 25 years! I keep a bit of tension on the returning line with my foot... Works for me! When I reef, I rig a preventer which consists of a pelican hook on a short line attached to a pad eye. Requires going forward, but better than an accidental deployment of a 150% Genoa!
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Old 14-11-2012, 04:25   #4
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Re: Loop style furling line - needs tension

Use the search function for 900 or 915 series hood. This problem was discussed at length recently. I converted Blue from double to single line.
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