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Old 20-10-2014, 13:15   #1
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Roller furling Removal

A lot of the used sailboats I've looked at come with roller furling. I'd rather raise the sails by hand. How much would it cost for me to remove them, approximately, on a 27ft sailboat with a mast around 45ft?
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Re: Roller furling Removal

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A lot of the used sailboats I've looked at come with roller furling. I'd rather raise the sails by hand. How much would it cost for me to remove them, approximately, on a 27ft sailboat with a mast around 45ft?
You can raise them by hand without changing anything. Instead of furling the sail, simply release the halyard and drop the sail, the bolt rope sliding out of the foil groove. Raising is just the reverse. You'll want a pre-feeder to help guide the bolt rope into the foil groove.

If you're talking about removing the furler and foil and having hanks put on your sail, that would probably run you a few hundred dollars. You can remove the furler and foil yourself (and put in a tang extension, if necessary) or have a rigger do it, and a sailmaker put the hanks on the jib.

However, I'm burning with curiosity. Why do you want to remove the furler?
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Re: Roller furling Removal

When we removed the furling system on our Cape Dory 28 we paid $400 for a new headstay. Then whatever you need to spend to either have hanks installed in your furling headsail, or the cost of a new sail if you don't already have a hank on.
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Re: Roller furling Removal

The main reason I don't want the roller furling is because the boat I learned on didn't have them. So when I crewed on a boat with it, it drove me a little mad to have them jam up when you need to lower (I guess the right word then was furl) the jib.
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Re: Roller furling Removal

If your furling gear and sail are in good condition you can probably offset a bit of the cost of the conversion by selling them.
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