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Old 28-04-2015, 11:02   #16
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Re: My 'Maintenance-Free' Facnor Headsail Furling Unit Needs Maintenance

Thanks again Peter. I just dropped the jib and gave the unit a good rinse. It seems slightly better so I'll report back after a sail.
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Old 27-08-2016, 17:02   #17
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Re: My 'Maintenance-Free' Facnor Headsail Furling Unit Needs Maintenance

I know it's a while ago now but what was the outcome please Monte?
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Re: My 'Maintenance-Free' Facnor Headsail Furling Unit Needs Maintenance

Interesting subject thread. I was doing a little research on the present state of the art for roller furling/reefing equipment, and Facnor was coming out as a good choice. This subject thread clouded that view, and these two postings stood out:

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Well i have bad news for you, if with fresh wáter you dont get better results the internal clips inside of the bottom drum are toasted, take the sail out and try to rotate by hand the drum, if is stiff and hard to turn the clips are the culprit... the clips are mild Steel and QC is not really good with Facnor, so of 1000 clips a bunch are defective, result?? salt wáter enviroment, clips corroded and the bits messing with the torlon balls inside of the bearings races, i change so far this season 2 LS200 with this problem, both in warranty... is posible to dismantle the drum but is a pain in the ass and you end breaking the teflón bearing spacers to reach the clips , also the teflón spacers get lot of wear by the torlon balls, genuine lack of good design by Facnor. Just let me know and i can post pictures here from the LS200 i have dismantled in the shop... so you can figúrate the job,,, by the way sometimes is cheaper to install a new bottom drum...
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Facnor do not have a very good reputation in the Australian market, this may be different in other parts of the world. Firstly they only offer a three year warranty and the problems they have had for many years is the bearings. They are simply not good enough. Wichard has now acquired the company and from about a year ago they have been using the profurl bearings so moving forward they should be a lot better.

Don't bother trying to replace or service the unit unless you are mechanically minded and can do the work yourself, contact your local Rigger or service person and get them to negotiate with the distributor a replacement drum at somewhere near cost price. It has been my experience lately that they are trying to look after their customers to repair their brand.
Roland
Have they improved their bearings, etc??
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Re: My 'Maintenance-Free' Facnor Headsail Furling Unit Needs Maintenance

Actually i think they swicht to SS internal clips but im not sure, so far i dont see any Facnor problem lately apart from bad OEM installation practiques.....Cheers.
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I know it's a while ago now but what was the outcome please Monte?
Monte passed away a couple of months back simmo..
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Re: My 'Maintenance-Free' Facnor Headsail Furling Unit Needs Maintenance

Hi everyone, I know this is an old thread but I'm hoping for some help. I also have the same problem with a Facnor LS200. I have had the boat (S&S 39) about 3yrs, the previous owner had just fitted the furler prior to sale and it has always been tight/stiff. Have narrowed it down to the halyard swivel. Does anybody know if these are a replaceable item or should I try to remove and perhaps soak in water? I have tried flushing with water and also WD40. However I fear the WD40 may have done more harm than good.

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Re: My 'Maintenance-Free' Facnor Headsail Furling Unit Needs Maintenance

I'm afraid we've also had a few reports of those units being stiff after not too much use. Some even seem stiff from day one. It seems to be a quality control issue.

Unfortunately it's the "catch" with sealed bearing furlers, they're great until they fail, and then they're a nightmare to repair. Facnor and Profurl commonly have this issue.

Sometimes with Facnors the top bushing wears out and it causes uneven rotation that adds a lot of friction. It's a $15 part and fairly easy to remove and replace.
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