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Old 03-07-2011, 14:39   #16
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Re: To Climb Or Not To Climb

Sometimes, the furler doesn't rotate freely because it caught the stay inside. It happened to my father's boat. To unfurl, he winched the genoa sheet. Then, the stay came unlaid and broke, and the mast fell! By luck, it missed my father and my mother.

So, whatever you do, do it carefully...

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Old 06-07-2011, 13:11   #17
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Re: To Climb Or Not To Climb

I unwound the sail and dropped the halyard and was able to free up what turned out to be frozen bearings on the upper part of the furler. I went sailing yesterday and she worked a charm again. When next back at the boat I'll drop the sail again and remove a foot from the halyard where it frayed from winding when the bearings wouldn't spin.

Thanks for everyone's help and support!
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