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Thread: Problem unfurling headsail

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    Contributing Member I
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    Navarre Beach, Fl

    Angry Problem unfurling headsail

    I have a 1987 Ericson 26-2, recently purchased and am unable to completely unfurl the jib. It will unfurl about half way, and bind up. The furling line isnít stuck, but I see no reason for it to lock up
    able to furl it back in
    Any suggestions?

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    Contributing Member III
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    Nova Scotia, Canada

    check the obvious

    Is there too much line wrapped around the furling drum?

    Last edited by Jenkins; 05-18-2019 at 04:17 PM.
    E29 1976 Atomic 4

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    Curator of Broken Parts toddster's Avatar
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    Also obvious: Halyard wrapping around the top end?
    s/v arcturus E29 #134

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    Contributing Member I
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    Navarre Beach, Fl
    That appears to be the problem
    Thanks for the advice

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    In calm wind conditions unwrap the sail and halyard. Then raise the sail higher on the foil to eliminate as much exposed halyard as possible and install a pendant to connect the bottom of the sail to the furler drum. The next time the mast is down install a halyard restrainer. This assumes you have an all rope halyard. If it's wire and severely twisted then there may be a bigger problem in getting the sail down. Once down get rid of the wire and change to all rope.
    Last edited by Afrakes; 05-19-2019 at 03:01 AM.
    Al Frakes
    1987 E-28 Reba Gee
    Hull #663
    Port Kent, NY

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    Principal Partner
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    Port Angeles, WA
    Another possibility is bearing failure on the upper swivel. On my boat, the sail would furl one way but not the other. Cleaning and lubing it (generally not recommended) would work for a while then it would fail again. Replacing the swivel solved the problem. The Mark 11 fuller had no parts available but I found a new one on the net. Perservance paid off in the search.
    Last edited by supersailor; 05-19-2019 at 08:00 AM.
    Bob Morrison
    1987 E-34 Hull #15
    "Terra Nova"

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    Just had a similar problem in that the furler would not unroll the last couple of turns. Inspection revealed that the sail pre-feeder had made its way into the space between the luff and the foil just above the tack shackle and was stopping the drum from turning.
    1987 34-2
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