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 Post subject: Furling Approaches
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:29 pm 
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Reading the forum there appear to be two main approaches to furling the Hobie sail…

- Spin mast
- Spin sail

Has one of the approaches emerged as “better” than the other over the years that people have been experimenting with the two approaches? It seems like the “Spin Sail” approach with is referenced more… so is it considered the “best practice”?

Is there any difference in the ‘wear and tear’ put on the kayak between the two? Has anyone tried both approaches? Lessons learned?

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-Joe


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 Post subject: Re: Furling Approaches
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:10 am 
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Hi Joe,
Spinning the sail seems to be the preferred approach for the smaller sail kit with most of the kayaks. The AI and TI spin the mast. But that's a whole different system. Being that the mast is unattached to anything I'm sure that there's a little bit of spinning that it does on its' own. However the pressure isn't on the mast to spin so it can do whatever. It would stand to reason that if the mast isn't required to spin it would keep any wear on the bottom of the mast and the kayak to a minimum. Happy kayaking!

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 Post subject: Re: Furling Approaches
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:30 am 
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I went the PVC route and couldnt be happier. No signs of wear as of yet!

Took a total of 5 min & $5 to complete.


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 Post subject: Re: Furling Approaches
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:36 am 
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VaBeach1 :
I agree the PVC route is the easiest and quickest. On the standard Hobie kayak/sail system I use 1/8" cheap rope for the furling line and run it in between my mirage pedals back to the twist and stow hatch. I lift the twist and stow T lever, wrap the rope around it once, then push the lever down, it works like a champ and keeps the furling line taught and out of the way.\
Hope this helps
Bob


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