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How do I bend on a furling genoa in the wind?


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Can be hard by one self if bolt rope is tight,does furler have a feeder or just straight in to slot??i have found it takes 2 and normally main up,sail down wind and it feeds in nicely but depends on sail/yacht size.

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Are you certain that it's the right size luff tape? Some are only 1mm different...

Good point. Our profurl is (odd?) 6mm. Make sure you get the foot attached before winching the halyard tight or you can pull the top bearing off...like I did! One on the bow feeding it on and a can of silicon spray the other on the winch.

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Straight slot. No feeder. Goes up pretty well in the calm so I'm guessing the sizing is right. I tried loops around the bunt and foil as I raised every metre or so to keep the bunt from blowing out, but the pressure was still too great in the small amount of sail exposed to the wind. I thought of wool loops but haven't tried them. I'll try the downwind option.

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I have a feeder on my main, which is also boltrope, and it works very well. Mines riveted on between the gooseneck and track

 

If I don't use it and are more than 10 degrees off head to wind I get exactly the same as Kevin does, a sail that does not want to play nice which get called all manner of adjectives. The more wind there is the more I need the feeder and to be head to wind.

 

Bionic Monkeys or escapees from some experimental lab maybe??? Just trying to think what Monkeys Fish has been perving at to garner a comment like that ;)

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Bionic Monkeys or escapees from some experimental lab maybe??? Just trying to think what Monkeys Fish has been perving at to garner a comment like that ;)

It's just what I always thought they were refereed to. Kind of like the up fucker, the down fucker and the sly pig. Mind you, our bowman was called Bubbles. No one called Bionic Monkey though.

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Wonder if these do the biz? $36 at fosters.

Hopefully made out of "slippery" plastic.

 

I use one of these on Farrari as a prefeeder for the genoa.  It makes life a lot easier to feed the sail up the track without the bowman having to manually feed the track.  All they need to do is jump the halyard at the mast.  No issues with it wearing out so far.  The boat came with one nine years ago and I have replaced it once due to the original knot splice failure.

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It is possible to do it without the prefeeder, and not difficult.

What you need to do is have the sail flaked so the luff tape is all at the bow. Lead the halyard forward via whatever blocks you may have and stand on the bow pulling the halyard while feeding the sail up the spout. If you stand or kneel on the bulk of the sail on the deck this will stop it from inflating and blowing out of control. Remember to put the sheets on first but don't thread them up. Don't worry about getting luff tension on it to start with, just get it up and rolled away and do the final luff tensioning when you go sailing next.

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