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Old 17-03-2014, 06:35   #1
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New furler, sail a little long

Put a new Furlex furler on last year. Great unit. Had one on my last boat.

Unfortunately the drum is a little taller than the previous furler. I was able to use the sail last year and furl without issue but I am not getting full hoist tension.

I am going to take it to my sail loft but would like to go in with some ideas of my own. I probably only need to remove 6 inches or so. Any ideas as to the most reasonable but effective approach?
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Old 17-03-2014, 06:59   #2
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Re: New furler, sail a little long

Shorter is a cinch to work with, longer means some cutting is in store.
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Re: New furler, sail a little long

Ok. Can I just have them cut some off the top or is an entire recut required?
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Re: New furler, sail a little long

If you cut at the top, then you not only have to rebuilt the headboard area, but trim the leech, re-do the leech tabling.

If you cut it off the foot, then the tack and clew has to be rebuilt.

The sailmaker will advise you. If it is a dacron sail and has been used a lot, it will already be losing its shape after 4 yrs. You might want to consider a new sail.

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Re: New furler, sail a little long

Sail is in very good shape actually. Plus just had the UV cover (color) changed. Probably only has a season worth of use. PO was elderly and replaced sail, then shortly after sold.
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Re: New furler, sail a little long

^^^^Yes, I understand. Talk to the sailmaker for best advice.

Just another thought, but if you could shorten the link plates thereby lowering the drum, would that be a possible solution? How much extra hoist do you need?

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Re: New furler, sail a little long

Hmmm. By shortening from the bottom and lengthening the link at the top ... Maybe you're onto something. I know I have adjustment at the bottom as well. I will have to go up and look.
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Re: New furler, sail a little long

1. Loosen your forestay and tighten your backstay?
2. Take the coin out from under the mast and replace with a 2x4???


OK... I'm done amusing myself.... Ann's got it if you can lower the drum to the deck... Besides... They like living there better with the fairlead and all...

Hell... If you wanna go crazy an have the room and cajones... You could move your furler below the deck.... (not for the faint of heart) BUT NIFTY!
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Re: New furler, sail a little long

I've tackled some crazy projects but modding to a below deck is even beyond my level of nuts. Lol.
Thanks for all the input guys (and gals). Much appreciated. I will definitely be taking a look at this. I hope it works out.
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I've tackled some crazy projects but modding to a below deck is even beyond my level of nuts. Lol.
Thanks for all the input guys (and gals). Much appreciated. I will definitely be taking a look at this. I hope it works out.
I knew I proposed this idea at the wrong time....

3 or 4 beers and this would have sounded BRILLIANT to you!!!

I kid... let us know how you make out... Hell... snap a few pics and post 'em... Good Luck Mr LI !
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Re: New furler, sail a little long

Take a look at the head of the sail. Does it come to a point? Cutting straight across the head could be the answer here. A three or four inch head is not a problem. This would only require a cut and new webbing. This could give you the adjustment you need.
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That was what I was curious about as well. Yes , it does come to a point. Maybe a combination of the two will resolve. Thanks.
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That was what I was curious about as well. Yes , it does come to a point. Maybe a combination of the two will resolve. Thanks.
Simple recuts like that are done all the time...
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Re: New furler, sail a little long

[QUOTE=HappyMdRSailor;1495529]1. Loosen your forestay and tighten your backstay?
2. Take the coin out from under the mast and replace with a 2x4???


Try a stack of hockey pucks.

I think you can most easily get away with shortening the head. Invite the sailmaker to see it and offer help. (if he is local.)
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1. Loosen your forestay and tighten your backstay?
2. Take the coin out from under the mast and replace with a 2x4???


Try a stack of hockey pucks.

I think you can most easily get away with shortening the head. Invite the sailmaker to see it and offer help. (if he is local.)


Any resolution LI?
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