Joe’s furler

Joe came to us with his Sabre 22 looking for new standing rigging and a new rudder box. To make things interesting he had purchased a second hand rolling furler and asked us to fit it to his rig. To make thinks even more interesting Joe had ordered a new jib, so we were committed to maintaining a fixed jib luff length. Normally this would not be a problem, but as the furler was a second hand purchase there was no guarantee it would fit within the original rigging dimensions.

So, first task a rigging survey, which showed that we would have to lift the head stay tang at least 300mm. In addition the top stay hounds would also have to be lifted to maintain the mast support geometry.

Annoyingly after the initial installation Joe found the furler would not roll on itself correctly, it appeared that the top swivel was damaged and would not rotate. Joe brought the boat in and we set the rig up to examine the problem. With the aid of a camera and a telephoto lens we were able to film the operation of the furler and get a good view of the swivel operation.  Close examination showed that the furler halyard was fouling the swivel, chasing up the original manufacturers documentation revealed that they supplied a purpose bent lever for the halyard to clear the swivel. As a second hand set up this component had been lost at some point and a replacement component was not available.

Giving the matter some thought we decided to add a loop to control the halyard line and prevent the foul. This solution has resolved what was an annoying bug in and otherwise smooth operation.



Sabre 22 waiting for standing rigging

Seb prepares to raise the mast and figure out why the furler wont work.

Halyard loop in place – temporary connection for testing Furler.

Old Furler, new brackets and fore-stay.