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Old 06-06-2006, 16:34   #1
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Question The Squeaky Furler Gets, What?

The Profurl on my newly-purchased boat is harder to roll up than I think it should be. What should I use to lube the drum bearings? And what about the head?

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Profurl drums and swivel mechanisms are pre-lubed & sealed.
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Roller squeaks

I found lubricating the headstay with "Dry Lube", a teflon spray lube, eliminated most of my squeaks. I went up the mast and sprayed a whole can down the headstay. Ours is the Schaeffer roller furler, my bearings are lubed with a fresh water rinse.
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Halyard tension

Profurl uses sealed bearings. Check your halyard tension. If it still is difficult when you ease the halyard your bearings may be shot. It does happen with Profurls.
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Make sure you don't have too much stay tension, or the mast raked too hard back. When the head/back stay are too tight, that can often make furling drums bind.

Good idea to check all the rig tensioning with a Loos Gauge if you haven't already.
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The other possibility it halyard wrap. This happens when the halyard lead from the head of the sail to the sheave is nearly parallel to the forestay. The furling operation may be trying to wrap the halyard around the forestay rather than swivel around the forestay.
Profurl is supposed to be immune to halyard wrap (their assertion), but is easily checked when you furl the sail. Watch the halyard to see if it starts to move when the furling seems to bind. This condition can be relieved by changing the halyard tension, but severe cases require a block or fairlead below the sheave box to pull the halyard away from the forestay.


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