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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:31 am 
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I'm not sure how many other TI/AI owners have experienced their sail furling line getting caught under the mast bearing support, but I have on too many occasions & always at the worst times. I have tried various 'simple' methods to stop the line getting caught, but the photos below show my latest version & so far the most effective solution. I initially tried gluing (silicon) the shroud the the mast support, but I found that it didn't last (due to sideways aka movement) so I have added a couple of small screws to hold it to the bearing support. So far, this has work very well.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:39 am 
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Nice solution, although I've never had this happen.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:31 am 
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Never had that happen. My furling lines are never that far forward. I wonder what we are doing differently.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:07 am 
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I think it has a lot to do with allowing your furling line to go slack between the cleat and the drum. I'm generally handling my line both in and out, so I never have any slack. I can see where a different handling method might incur that slack.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:41 am 
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Hi Tom & Keith,

You're exactly right about a slack furling line causing the problem. As my favourite launching spot is in a river, 3.5 nm from open water, I do lots of tacks before I can settle down to some nice open water sailing. As I am tacking so often, I can't keep adjusting the furling line for each tack & hence I have experienced the problem of the furling line getting caught under the mast bearing support. At least now I can relax & know that I can reef (furl the sail) very quickly at any time. I tie (Sheet-bend) the furling line to the end of the mainsheet, & like you, I always have it in my hand ready for quick adjustment.

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