I learned a lesson today - I let the furler
line get out of control when deploying the headsail. Had a nice day cruising the mighty Saratoga Passage
... then went to anchor
and could not fully furl the sail. About 30% was stuck flapping in the breeze, so after poking ineffectually at some badly wrapped furling
line in the drum, I manually wrestled it around and tied it off to the pulpit. No immediate danger
Now I'm at anchor
, trying to figure out how to proceed. The most promising avenue seems to be to wait for still air, then remove the basket from the drum to let me get at the mess within.
The question: is there any reason NOT to do this? There are three round-head screws that appear to hold the stainless basket to the drum... is anything catastrophic going to occur if I drop it while fully rigged? Hopefully just a dumb question, but I've never probed too deeply into one of these before.
The attached photo
doesn't show the jam itself; this is after I manually wrapped it and tied it off. I just include it to show the furler
Many thanks for any thoughts, and I'll report the results....