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Old 30-10-2012, 11:51   #16
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Re: Roller Furling Stuck

Perfect I have been reading about the mast climber- seems to make sense as I also have an anchor light out and deck light out. So maybe a good investment.
Can you explain to me what the "cone" piece is?

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Old 30-10-2012, 12:11   #17
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Re: Roller Furling Stuck

Velly Intelesting. Didn't have a problem with the halyard on the ProFurl furler on my TransPac. Halyard looked the same on arrival as it did when I left. The upper swivel jammed on the extrusion and wouldn't come down. Probably because I ran wing and wing for 13 of the 15 days on the passage. Would look for a source of the chafing as it doesn't appear to be a universal furler problem.

Going aloft at sea is one those 'interesting' things I haven't had to do. The one halyard I had chafe through was internal and did it inside the mast. Luckily had a spare halyard and just hoisted the main with that. BTW. that's 'interesting' as in the Chinese Curse, "May you live interesting times."

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Old 30-10-2012, 12:34   #18
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Re: Roller Furling Stuck

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Can I add two comments here. Firstly, Roller furlers halyards chafe at the masthead for some reason that I have been unable to fathom. - and of course the makers(Harken) would be totally shocked to hear that such a thing could happen. ! Day sailing does not seem to show this up, but an ocean crossing will find you with a genoa held up by the rolls around the forestay and the chafed through, halyard slumped at the bottom of the mast. So on to secondly, climbing the mast to re-reeve a new halyard I have used a Mastmate most successfully - singlehanded, - mid-ocean. Not voluntellerey (geez I wish I could spell) but what one might call, "character building". !
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Old 30-10-2012, 12:49   #19
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Re: Roller Furling Stuck

The "cone" would be the internal clamping cone of the Norseman fitting.
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Re: Roller Furling Stuck

I would get up very early in the morning (no wind) and manually unwrap the genny.

Then drop it and have an look at the top drum.

The advice to continue adding halyard tension could be the exact opposite of what you want.

On my Furlex the drums are phenolic (plastic) my previous partner winched the halyard having the effect of all sail forces passing through the drums, not the forestay. The lower drum failed.

The sail forces need to be distributed on the foil. the forestay should not sag and the halyard tension should be snug to remove luff wrinkles.

Halyard lead in is important but assuming this worked at some point I would suspect forestay sag or possibly drum seizure.
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Old 30-10-2012, 21:10   #21
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Re: Roller Furling Stuck

Great information here- thanks. Thats a good plan and one that I can handle. In talking to the previous owner it has in fact worked well, so like you say could be over tightened. It will be a good excercise for me to lower and inspect it. Now if it will just quit raining and blowing.

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Re: Roller Furling Stuck

See also ➥ Preventing Halyard Wrap

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