Roller furling for a W32

  • May 21, 2013 6:47 PM
    Message # 1298554
    Wy first mate would like roller furling on the headsail of our W32. Any suggestions? We sail in the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. Someone suggested the Spin Tec, but I find that they are out of business.

    Thanks,
    Dennis McGill
    Tarshish
  • May 22, 2013 4:41 PM
    Reply # 1299429 on 1298554
    Deleted user
    Good first mate there. I prefer Profurl.
  • May 24, 2013 8:18 AM
    Reply # 1300655 on 1298554
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dennis:  I purchased a 300SF Yankee and Furlex furler from Kern - and it works well - I find that while you unfurl the sail- you must drag the furler line so that the coil on the drum is tight.  If not when you refurl the sail - the lines will over wrap and jam the drum. 
    This may be a common issue and not just with Furlex - I don't know. 

    The Furlex kit included a new forstay and fittings - I did the installation myself - fairly straight forward though the directions could use some tuning.

    PhotoPhoto

    Below is the Alado furler - I saw two W32s with this style at the 2012 Nor Cal Rondy.

    Cool part is that the drum is open, with few part and you can install w/o removing the forestay... pretty interesting and the owners liked the furler. 

    Good luck with your choices.

    Last modified: May 24, 2013 8:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • May 24, 2013 8:59 AM
    Reply # 1300696 on 1298554
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    We've had profurls on the Jib and Staysail for ten years with no over wrapping or other problems.

    The Aldo in Jay's picture is down the dock from us.  It cost less than others, easy to install and is well made. It does have to have the drum tied off to the pulpit.  Not a  problem on the jib but would if you wanted one an a staysail.

    Jim
  • May 25, 2013 6:59 AM
    Reply # 1301251 on 1298554
    The big advantage of the Alado, besides the lower cost, is that you don't have to take the stay down to install the unit.  The foil pieces come in halves, and they slide together to form the foil.

    Bud

     

    (Bud has asked me to correct a typo on the above do to don't. djb 5/27/13) 

    Last modified: May 27, 2013 8:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • May 28, 2013 4:40 PM
    Reply # 1303250 on 1298554
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    I'm seeing a lot of CDI's...anyone have a review?
  • August 13, 2013 8:03 PM
    Reply # 1364703 on 1298554
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    I called Kern for a Quote on a roller furling and a new headsail not too long ago and he recommended Schaefer.  I'm going to go with his recommendation even though its on the expensive side.  I know high price doesn't always mean best choice or quality but a roller furling headsail is one area I don't want to skimp on.   
    Last modified: August 13, 2013 8:03 PM | Deleted user
  • August 21, 2013 4:45 PM
    Reply # 1371466 on 1298554
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    We put the appropriate size Pro Furl on DestinysDream, left out of Ventura, sailed all over the Baja and Mainland Mexico for 5 years.  Never had a lick of trouble.  The wife and I put it together and put on ourselves.  No problem.  Still works FAB.  It was initially  a little bit more but we are very glad we got it!
  • August 21, 2013 4:48 PM
    Reply # 1371474 on 1298554
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    Oh yes, Kern made us a Fabulous sail from our hank on one!  Kern's work is awesome!
  • August 22, 2013 6:28 AM
    Reply # 1371791 on 1301251
    Bud Taplin wrote:The big advantage of the Alado, besides the lower cost, is that you don't have to take the stay down to install the unit.  The foil pieces come in halves, and they slide together to form the foil.

    Bud

     

    (Bud has asked me to correct a typo on the above do to don't. djb 5/27/13) 

    Another detail I would point out is that they offer a lifetime guarantee.  
    Im looking at the A3 or A4 model that Alado sells. 
    Last modified: August 22, 2013 6:31 AM | Anonymous member
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