Just went down and had a look at your boat. She seems to be in good nick and all appears shipshape. So far the crowd of boats that have arrived for the Folk Music
Festival have not encroached on that area, so she should be safe! Nice looking boat, too! I didn't know that Jon Sayer had built boats that were not to his own design. Incidentally, Jon didn't build our boat. A great shipwright named Gary Mcaulay and his wife built her for their own useage. Jon made the comment to us that "one couldn't pay someone enough to do that sort of detail work" and we feel fortunate to own her.
But I noticed that you had the same sort of older Furlex that we have, and I wondered just what was wrong with it to make it irreparable? Ours seized up last year and I thought it was a goner. I was able to revive it temporarily by flushing
the bearings with engine oil
and then regreasing them. Then later when we had the mast
out, the rigger was able to disassemble the lower unit. We found that many of the loose ball bearings were way out of round, and some were very rusty (stainless??). There was also still a lot of lumps of dry grease in the races. A good cleaning
and some new balls and voila -- works like new!
It seems that I had been under lubricating it for years. The manual says to grease it with their proprietary grease, but fails to say how much is required and I had been too stingy. Isn't easy to force it in via the little slots provided, so I added a grease nipple which makes it easier (and often leads to a mess on the foredeck!).
So, I'm wondering if your furler
might be salvageable? Could be worth some effort...