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Old 06-09-2006, 12:32   #1
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Obsolete Roller Furling?

I picked the following up thinking it may work on my Brown Searunner 31. I saw another on e-bay which seems similar (made of bronze) and is a Wykeham Martin. The one I have is stainless. Does anybody know what this is? I can't recognize any mfg. marks.

Any comments on it would be appreciated.

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It looks like a Sheafer roller furling system I had on a 41 Morgan about twenty years ago. It requires a head stay to be in place. The furler is seperate from the stay but the upper swivel is held in place (kept from swiveling around) by having the keepers (the two hooks) ride on the headstay. This enables you to raise and lower the furling unit while leaving the headstay in place.

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Old 06-09-2006, 20:27   #3
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Thanks for that reply richard. I will try to find more about Schaefer.

My idea is to use this furling with a light air sail as I would normally use a kind of yankee (foot cut real high and 4 feet of foot zips out as well) along with my stay sail as working sails.

This way I hope to roll the light air sail and keep the hank on sail ready to go on the deck.

Make any sense?

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Makes perfect sense. I used to have the 150 genoa on the roller furler and a hank-on working jib on the forestay. This way the big sail was easily handled with the furler and the working jib was not all that big that I couldn't handle it alone.

Be careful to check the o-ring in the upper swivel before you get the whole system mounted up in the air. The o-ring keeps water from entering the inside of the swivel and corroding the bearings. Keep the bearings and the o-ring lubricated. I had two such failures, it was bad when I bought the boat and failed about five years later.

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Thanks for that information. I will give it a shot.

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