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.