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Old 02-10-2020, 15:57   #1
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Hood Furler and foil

Iím hoping someone can help identify an elderly Hood Furler and the foil. I want to strip it down and at least inspect - possibly change the stay. I donít have any manuals for the thing. Iíd like to have some idea how it fits together before I start pulling it apart.
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Old 02-10-2020, 18:23   #2
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Re: Hood Furler and foil

Looks pretty much as what I have on a 1980 36 footer. Very simple and straightforward system. I took it apart to replace the bearings but we ended up just cleaning and greasing the insides. Not ideal solution but saved me some $$ and time for sailing as replacing the bearings in such an old system seemed even less ideal solution and replacing the whole furler was not in the budget that season.

Google Hood System Seafurl 3250. That's how I got my manual in PDF format.
https://c34.org/bbs/index.php?PHPSES....0;attach=2925

And this.

https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ild-16789.html
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Re: Hood Furler and foil

Thank you island time. That helps.

In the drawings it’s not 100% clear how the stay is secured inside the roller? I assume that the drum is removed and the foil more or less slides off the wire?
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Re: Hood Furler and foil

Hi everyone, this is an old thread but rather than starting a newone I thought I'd ask the question here, perhaps someone can help me. Mine is a Plastimo S600 furler. The last time I serviced this furler was some 10 years ago. Its on a TS Careel 22 so not on the water 100% of the time. I hve seen this furler on larger yachts of course. The last time I disassembled it I replaced the plastic tube inside it as it was shattered. I used a piece of silicone tube and it has lasted this distance OK keeping dirt and sand out quite well. I am thinking I need to re grease the bearings. Does anyone know what kind of grease to use. The last time I used standard marine bearing grease, but I note that is has hardended somewhat. Perhaps that is not the correct grease or maybe I should have checked it at more regular intervals.

Your thoughts about what kind of grease to use would be appreciated. Bear in mind of course that at most my boat is on the water for a total of 60 days, if I am lucky.

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Re: Hood Furler and foil

Try either Lithium grease or standard but waterproof grease. Note that you are not trying to protect high speed or hot gears, so the problems are minimal. The grease will still oxidize when the boat is sitting in your driveway. Figure on doing your winches and the furler every five years or so. Does that help? Side note: I replaced the grease in the ball bearings for a rotating lighthouse lens last year. As near as I could tell, it was last done in the 1970s. The grease was somewhere between being coal and becoming diamonds.
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Re: Hood Furler and foil

Daily mirror, as Island Time suggests, that sucker is not going to be rocket science.There are pretty standard ways of protecting yourself as you disassemble it - work in a space where flying or rolling parts will not be lost, take photographs as you work, stack parts on a shaft in the order you took them off, and don't force something just because you have not figured out how it is held in place. Go at it.

Sounds like you are going to want to replace bearings. They are stock, and can be purchased from McMaster-Carr or Grainger. Measure them carefully with your micrometer or vernier caliper. Force grease into the new ones until they are full, a tedious job if you do not have a bearing packer.
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Try either Lithium grease or standard but waterproof grease. Note that you are not trying to protect high speed or hot gears, so the problems are minimal. The grease will still oxidize when the boat is sitting in your driveway. Figure on doing your winches and the furler every five years or so. Does that help? Side note: I replaced the grease in the ball bearings for a rotating lighthouse lens last year. As near as I could tell, it was last done in the 1970s. The grease was somewhere between being coal and becoming diamonds.
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