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Old 02-04-2016, 11:25   #16
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Re: Recommend Me a Headsail Furler.

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Old 02-04-2016, 11:44   #17
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Re: Recommend Me a Headsail Furler.

Keep in mind that the worst of these still will last for decades, and few people have even used a furler of even the majority of the brands. Personal experience simply can't count for much. Which is why for this type of gear I rely heavily on Practical Sailer reviews and company reputation.

I would probably swear you towards the Harken Cruiser furler as a budget buy. But I have just anecdotal experience with it.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:48   #18
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Re: Recommend Me a Headsail Furler.

Run away from the Facnor, is just a piece of crap, and its funny because we are Facnor dealer, we install, replace or repair dozens each year, almost all in warranty.....
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Old 02-04-2016, 13:15   #19
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Re: Recommend Me a Headsail Furler.

I would go for either Facnor or Harken. Too many odd adventures with Profurl in my book.

We have a Plastimo and it is very old and very good. I know they make big units too. They are less expensive than the big players. Look them up, maybe they will be good for you too.




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hey guys. the old furler that came with my boat is shot so it's time for a replacement.this furler will be going on my 1970 hinckley 38. much as I like the harken MKIV it's just not in my budget so the units I'm looking at are:

harken ESP furler: fairly new on the market from what I understand. I like harken quality but I'm a little wary of a "budget" furler, even from harken.

Facnor LX-165: never used them personally but my understanding is that they're very good quality.

profurl C-350: again, never used them personally but I'm told they're good quality. though not quite at the same par as the facnor and harken, price point is attractive however. the green annodizing is like nails on the chalkboard to me..

the harken and the facnor are within $100 of each other in price, which the profurl is several hundred dollars cheaper. any thoughts on these guys.
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I also was going to say look at Alado. They are reasonably priced, can be installed by oneself, use bushings instead of bearings, simple design, and no need to worry about halyard wrap.
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Profurl after 25 years and 17 years of full time cruising we had not had one issue. It's a Profurl basic model. If I were to do it again I would go Profurl. Recently helped a friend with a buggered Facnor. Not for me. I will service the Profurl and replace bearings when we get to NZ. But not seeing any signs of failure now just time to replace them



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Reefurl, which we have installed on our last 2 boats, is available in the States I believe. No parts to jam, simple to install and the current one still going strong after 12 years full on cruising.


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Re: Recommend Me a Headsail Furler.

I can't provide you with a comparison but I can give you some first hand experience on good service. Last December while in South Africa my Facnor LS200 (2yrs old; continuous use, under warranty) became stiff to turn and we took it apart to discover that the circlip coating had removed and the clip beginning to rust. When I called Facnor France they knew of the issue and instead of sending me replacement circlips they sent a complete new furler on the basis that they had redesigned the LS200 that eliminated this issue. Non cost, shipping gratis, sans hassle. Customer service. French to boot! They got my vote.
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I can't say enough about Shaefer. I've had them om my staysail and headsail for 18 years. Their customer service is outstanding even after 18 years. The system is rugged and reliable. This is a company that stands buy their products and their customers!
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Re: Recommend Me a Headsail Furler.

thanks a lot for the info guys, I'm leaning toward the profurl, good qulity at a good price sounds good to me. much as I'd like a harken MKIV I just can't financially swing it right now.
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Harken... helps with resale as well... everyone knows about Harken
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#1 Harken mark series. #2 Furlex. ALL others are "lesser technology". Profurl use sealed ball bearings, made from high carbon steel(rust prone), Schaefer use stainless cup pressed into aluminum housing(corrosion prone). Harken and Furlex both use torlon balls in a hardcoat anodized aluminum housing(no issues), and most important, both have an independant tack swivel.This allows for much better sail shape, and deeper reefing. Save your dough and get the good stuff... Based on 15 plus years working as a sailboat rigger.
noted, not sure why I didn't look at the selden furlex before. I like that for the same price as the harken or facnor the selden includes a newstay wire. allows me to knock out 2 birds with one stone.
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