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Old 11-25-2010, 09:03 AM   #1
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Hi Guys

I am after recommendation/opinions on which furler to buy. I would love to say money is no object but it is.

I am after what people have used or bought for their boat and why.

I have paid plenty of idiot tax over the years so for once instead of just blindly following myself, I am going to ask you good folk to give me your thoughts and hopefully I will come up with a good decision.

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Old 11-25-2010, 09:50 AM   #2
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Hi Rob and Annette,

Because that piece of equipment has to work flawlessly - not be hard to service - easy to disassemble and reassemble - no dissimilar metals to corrode and join together forever. Buy the best on the market.

Profurl has been very popular - my own experience has not been good because of frozen stainless components in aluminium.

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I highly recommend Hood SeaFurl. the one on my boat is original from 1979 and has never had a problem. I took it apart to inspect, clean and service recently and all working parts were in great shape, I replaced the teflon bushings in the foil and put her right back up... Still working strong.

Whether you go with Hood or not one recommendation I can't stress enough is to get a type with interlocking foil sections. The type that butt together tend to seperate over time, some of the brands have now added a lock screws to keep them together but even so I've seen a couple of these seperate and tear the sail.
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Good article here on Hood's Sea Furl C L I C K

And from Harken this H E R E
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I don't know which Harken model is on the Tartan but it has the ability to remove the outer casing and the reel which leaves the foil and spindle essentually a racing foil... I really like that option when I dig out the Kevlar, which sweep the deck and would not work with the furler. It takes about 15 minutes to remove or replace it.
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I have had several different furlers over the years and the only one with which I have never had any problems is Profurl. It has proven to be dependable in all kinds of weather, even when covered with ice.

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I bought my Tartan 37 with a Profurl NC42 installled. This drum installs without room for a turnbuckle on the forestay. The (maybe obsolete) model NC42i has room for a turnbuckle. I miss the opportunity to tension the headstay without over-tightening the backstay which also rakes the mast unnecessarily. One of the foil sections separated and I had to maintain a low halyard tension until I was able to replace the set screws which locked the foils together.

Otherwise, the Profurl has performed very well.
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