Wow! Firstly, let me thank everyone so far who has contributed to this discussion. The concepts and ideas offered have been serious, intelligent, experienced based and to the point. So, in summary . . . I have never been a fan of roller furling
although I have used it on my present boat for the last 19 years. It has never been a problem in moderate conditions but always when the wind
is 20 plus. And since we sail regularly in those conditions now, as we did in the past, there is always the problem with wildly flogging sheets and the unavoidable "death wrap" of the furling. There is no headstay wrap or sag, the bearings were replaced in the drum and the halyard
swivel last year. The furling line is perfectly matched to the drum and the foils are in the correct postition to the locking collar and swage at the top of the mast
. The halyard
restrainer is properly aligned. We have attempted furling downwind and have found that you must keep slight tension on the leeward sheet to avoid the sail from blowing past the forestay(forward) and out of control. However, it also creates a cupping effect which, in turn, makes the sail more difficult to control and furl. One respondent even mentioned that I was carrying to much sail to which I would respond . . . there are two things in life you should never tell a man: 1.) how much sail to carry and 2.) how many times a week he should have sex with his wife/girlfriend. I will re-read the following posts, reanalzye and continue my quest for a perfect, heavy wind
furl . . . Thanks again to everyone. By the way . . . did you hear the one about the 80 year old man and his twenty year old girlfriend ?. . . More to follow.