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Old 04-07-2012, 10:02   #1
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Hood Stowaway sail stuck in mast

We have a stowaway sail system from Hood. Installed approx. 1983. The electric system is disconnected and when trying to pull out the sail inside the mast manually, it became bunched up in the slot and jammed. Does anyone know how to fix this?
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:18   #2
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Re: Hood Stowaway sail stuck in mast

It may be that the fabric was not furled with equal tension along its height. Can you wind it in and tension it evenly.
I have seen a ProFurl do the same thing.
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Re: Hood Stowaway sail stuck in mast

Have had this happen to me a few times. Usually from unwinding too fast on the profulr motor and not keeping enough tension on the outhaul. Got so stuck once I thought it would never come out. But kept watcing the slot and working the sail back and fourth and manually pulling down and out on the foot of the sail until it worked out.

I agree with Blue Stocking and have made that mistake too - uneven tension when being rolled up causing folds/kinks in the sail fabric on the roll.

It will come out. Good luck.
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Re: Hood Stowaway sail stuck in mast

My Hood Stowaway allows you to disconnect the extrusion from the furler at the base and then pull it down without unfurling it. It's all in the manual.
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Re: Hood Stowaway sail stuck in mast

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My Hood Stowaway allows you to disconnect the extrusion from the furler at the base and then pull it down without unfurling it. It's all in the manual.
+1. That would be how you do it.
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Re: Hood Stowaway sail stuck in mast

Yeah, it's amazing how tightly a mast jam in a furling mast can get. It's all about keeping things at a perfect angle and tension when furling.
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Re: Hood Stowaway sail stuck in mast

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We have a stowaway sail system from Hood. Installed approx. 1983. The electric system is disconnected and when trying to pull out the sail inside the mast manually, it became bunched up in the slot and jammed. Does anyone know how to fix this?
Most are fixed by getting in a boatswain's chair, going aloft to the jam and pulling, jerking, and swearing at the sail. Sometimes in a bad jam you might have to go all the way to the top of the mast, pulling at the sail every inch of the way. The jam will come out, just takes time and hard work.
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Re: Hood Stowaway sail stuck in mast

Ours once pulled a halyard in and totally jammed. I used the outhaul and a winch to force it out. Now, all halyards are flipped to the forward side of the spreaders.
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