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Old 23-07-2013, 22:45   #1
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Sticky Furler

Hi Folks

We have a Pro Furl C430 on our Cape North 43. If not used for a couple of weeks the furler becomes stuck and will only unfurl if we yank hard on the sheets. Once loose it works fine.

Has anybody else had this problem and could you let us know how you fixed it.

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Old 23-07-2013, 22:55   #2
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Re: Sticky Furler

Although there may be various explanations, one worth looking for is twisting of the halyard at the uppermost swivel. If there is too long a lead from the mast block to the swivel the angle of the returning halyard is very shallow and will permit halyard twist around the furler preventing rotation. The solution is to place a suitably measured strop from the sail's head to allow the swivel to go higher thus making the angle between the halyard and the furler less parallel (acute) and preventing twisting and furler "locking".
Just a thought. Solved my issue.
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Old 24-07-2013, 02:06   #3
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Re: Sticky Furler

My Profurl needs new bearings and oil seals in its lower drum, and if left unattended it seizes. Application of large quantities of penetrating oil (WD40, Kero, Diesel) and gentle repeated application of percussive force (hammer and wooden drift) will loosen it and it will be fine for a while. Lying on the deck with a flashlight I can see where the bearing seal has degraded and split. The correct solution is to replace the bearings, but the oil also works for now.

Have you tried adding oil to your bearings? Have you inspected the bearing seal?

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Old 26-07-2013, 00:31   #4
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Re: Sticky Furler

Thanks for the responses. I've sent them to my partner who is on the boat in the Philippines and is checking it out.
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