Saturday, November 06, 2010

Trying to decide on furlers

I have to decide on which furlers to use on the different headsails.  There are several nice furlers on the market, and choosing the right one might not be so easy, although there are probably several right choices.

The chute is the easy one, only Facnor have one as far as I have been able to find out, so this will be the Asym FX 1500.

The jib is restricted by the size of the hole in the deck, and the below deck compartment itself.  This rules out the Colligo.  Precourt rules out themselves by not responding.  Facnor have decided to rule out their FX series and recommends the wire luff furler, in which I have no interest.  I'm going with the Karver KF-1 here.

The contenders for the screecher are the Karver, the Facnor FX-900 and the Selden CX-15.

The fact that the different manufacturers provide different types of technical information makes it even harder.  And what about the swivel and halyard, 2:1 or not?  I would have loved it if Colligo made a smaller model of their light weight swivel with 2:1 static block.  Any input would be most appreciated.


Anonymous said...

Hello Tor,

If you're going to use a jib furler without an alu luff profile, I think it's important that the swivel turns lightly under load, else the top of the jib won't furl. I asume you'll have an anti torsion rope fitted in the luff of the jib ?

The furler hole and compartiment indeed are quite small. It will be difficult to get the furler in. In any case you´ll have to attach the bow web pin from the inside of the boat. Once the furler is in the hole there´s no room for your hand anymore.
Are you going to lead the furling line underdeck to the cockpit ?
That would reduce line clutter on deck.



Tor Rabe said...

All rigging on the F-22 is synthetic. I'll have the anti torsion rope fitted in the luff of the jib and the screecher, and free flying on the chute. The compartment is sufficient for the Karver KF 1 large furler. The furling lines will be led back outboard, exactly where is still a question.

Latest news is the Karver guy wants me to use so called top-down furling for my chute as seen here: That involves different attachments for the tack and the drum and may be good for sail trimming, but might also add complexity. Hmmmm.