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Old 17-04-2008, 13:57   #361
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The wait is over, I have just taken delivery of my new boat, which includes the bowsprit and spifurl, which FP said it was the first mahe to have one!

It is fantastic and very simple, it is huge and good for upto 25Knts so they say, not sure I would be brave enough to go that far.

The pictures above is our boat with Jo in the picture, so lets have some more.

I am really pleased I bought the spifurl and bowsprit.

By the way the boat is fantastic, it was the right choice!

One very happy owner
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Old 17-04-2008, 14:04   #362
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Spifurl

Oh yes, we tried our best to take a full picture of the spifurl, we could not fit it onto the frame of the camera. It is enormous.

The accelartion when we put up the spifurl was great.
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Old 17-04-2008, 14:43   #363
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Congratulations!

I am sure you will spend many enjoyable days on her. What are your plans?

Good move in going for the asymmetric, its like a turbocharger in light/medium wind. You can try loosening the halyard and tightening the sheet for even higher pointing when you need some more power to windward in lighter air.

I can reccomend a trip up here to the Baltic, great and easy sailing, cheap marinas, and long summer evenings.....

Drop me a line if you decide to come up this way.

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Kev&Jo... Do you know who makes the continuous line furling drum? I want to replace my standard drum with continuous line but I can only seem to find silly prices - over 200 - just for the drum!
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That sounds cheap!

Just be aware of the fact that the continous line ones aren't much use for partial furling of a sail, so only for a Code 0 or asymmetric.

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Congratulation on your new boat.I know I was super excited when we got our in Guadeloupe.OK here is the question to the pros.Genneker or spifurl? may be Philippe Guillemin could comment on that? I am no expert but I have the feeling that this would be a great addition to the Mahe.
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Nordic cat (Alan) we are planning this year to go to the Canaries then across to the Caribbean, so should get my monies worth out of the Spifurl. We have done a lot of cruising/diving up the Norwegian coast and loved it. I will without doubt look you up if we make it over to the Baltic, I like reading your comments and your knowledge is evident.

Jeannius (Mike) I will get some details for you on the continuous line from the office.

JC Thank you for the kind comments and you know how I am feeling at the moment

The picture is what is at the opposite end to the drum, nice piece of kit, a high quality bearing race.
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The wait is over, I have just taken delivery of my new boat, which includes the bowsprit and spifurl, which FP said it was the first mahe to have one!

It is fantastic and very simple, it is huge and good for upto 25Knts so they say, not sure I would be brave enough to go that far.

The pictures above is our boat with Jo in the picture, so lets have some more.

I am really pleased I bought the spifurl and bowsprit.

By the way the boat is fantastic, it was the right choice!

One very happy owner

she looks great but now you have a mahe 39' an in many marinas this gets you into the 12m price band.
so some sort of retracting pole may have more up front cost but could save in the long run
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We are currently about to spec a furler for our bowsprit. The picture looks similar to the Bamar Rollgen unit made in Italy? The only other unit I have found on the market is the one by Facnor but again very expensive.

We are also in two minds about a Code 0 option that can be fitted on the bowsprit but it seems the amount you can use it is limited between 50 to 90 deg and supposidly very difficult to trim?
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That sounds cheap!

Just be aware of the fact that the continous line ones aren't much use for partial furling of a sail, so only for a Code 0 or asymmetric.

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Alan... It's for a furling gennaker so just want full out or full in, nothing in between.
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Mike - you are absolutley correct, it all or nothing no trimming with a spifurl.

Philip - I will take my chances with having the bowsprit and at the same time enjoy the additional speed of that extra 3 foot.

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Adaero / Mike - the model is a Facnor FX2500, hope this helps.

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We are currently about to spec a furler for our bowsprit. The picture looks similar to the Bamar Rollgen unit made in Italy? The only other unit I have found on the market is the one by Facnor but again very expensive.

We are also in two minds about a Code 0 option that can be fitted on the bowsprit but it seems the amount you can use it is limited between 50 to 90 deg and supposidly very difficult to trim?
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I'm currently in the process of adding a sprit for a Code 0 on a continuous furler. The Facnor is on my short list. (See a recent issue of Practical Sailor for a comparison review of multiple furlers. Very informative.) My intent is to round out my sail inventory with the Code 0. In consultation with my sailmaker we're aiming to add better light to moderate 120 to 60 degrees apparent capabilites filling the gap between my quite heavy 150% genoa (terrific upwind and moderate to heavy foresail) and symmetrical spi (terrific DDW to about 120 degrees apparent).

The challenge with non-foil Code 0 sails is gaining sufficient low stretch luff tension. I'm planning on a 2:1 halyard of about 10mm V-100. This means the sprit and rigging likewise has to be substantial enough to take the loads.

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Adaero / Mike - the model is a Facnor FX2500, hope this helps.

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Great. Thanks for the info. Whereabouts in the north west are you?

Just looked up the price of the Facnor FX2500 and it's around $1600 for drum and swivel. My search for a cheap drum goes on!
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JC.Spi furl is the best of both worlds....You got the Gennaker and assymetrical spinnaker combined into one.Obviously the sail is deeper and fuller than a gennaker ( code 0 or screecher) so will not let you use it very close to the wind .Also lighter material but we are in boating world here and everything is a compromise.Anyway congratulations to the member of the Mahe family and good sailing on a reach
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