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Jib Furler Troubleshooting

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Ever have trouble with furling gear while sailing? I'm especially interested in experiences where sailors decided to switch back to hank on or bolt-rope sails. More Information: http://savvysalt.com/blog/headsail-furler-troubleshooting/ Gear used to film and produce THIS video: Edited with Final Cut Pro X: http://www.apple.com/final-cut-pro/ Filmed with: Sony Alpha A5100 http://amzn.to/2gQazSC GoPro HERO5 Session http://amzn.to/2fpBZ3w GoPro HERO4 Silver http://amzn.to/2gPZLny GoPro HERO3+ Black http://amzn.to/2y6iOag Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 http://amzn.to/2hwvf8g Drone: DJI Mavic Pro Fly More: http://amzn.to/2xzrfYK Audio: Blue Yeti http://amzn.to/2yG3WMM Misc - (in order of use for this video): Dinkum Systems ActionPod Pro http://amzn.to/2xFeqOd Joby GorillaPod http://amzn.to/2k37aHa GoPro Headstrap Mount http://amzn.to/2hyJoy3
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William Furr (9 months ago)
I had a very hard time getting an inexperienced crew to execute this procedure correctly on a later sail. In hindsight, I should have at least tried finding a way to put some grease in there (apparently there's a grease fitting somewhere) or checked the manual. I probably would have been better served to not roll the jib out again until the furler was turning freely, but I couldn't bear to sail downwind on main only.
SavvySalt (9 months ago)
too bad you didn't have a handy video demonstrating the procedure...
Yves Lemoine (9 months ago)
Good call. This is the kind of stuff that will cost a fortune if you use a rigger. If your handy or can take the time to give it a go you’ll save 90% buying the parts and doing the work yourself. Not for everyone, but very doable. Doing enough research about the issue and you might be able to buy the equivalent parts from a bearing supplier rather than furlex or a marine supplier who will add 50% to the parts cost. That’s boating for you. Your idea of keeping sailing with the quick fix is always the way to go. Don’t interrupt your sailing unless necessary or due to safety. Fair winds.
Yves Lemoine (9 months ago)
Your dealing with failed swivel bearings. This is a problem that is just going to get worse and you don’t want it to create a situation where you can’t drop the jib. Take it down, pull the swivel off and service the bearings or the bearing races or possibly both. Your fix is temporary at best. Good luck and fair winds.
SavvySalt (9 months ago)
Thanks for naming the problem. Definitely worth a google. Unfortunately this is a very old furler that is complicated to service; the rigger's quote for servicing this furler was right up there with the replacement cost. It's getting replaced in the spring. We just didn't want it to cut our season short :)

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