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Top-Down Spinnaker Furlers

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Topic: Top-Down Spinnaker Furlers
Posted By: Laser3
Subject: Top-Down Spinnaker Furlers
Date Posted: 24 Aug 19 at 7:56pm
I am having trouble with the spinnaker on a Hunter 216 getting tangled etc. I was considering using Top-Down Spinnaker Furler, perhaps using a wire trace threaded through 'ski-rope'. I am having trouble sourcing 'Torsion-rope', which is very expensive and may be an over-kill for a small yacht. I have been advised that Top-Down furling is not the magic solution. Anyone using it on a small trailer-sailer? Any suggestions?

Posted By: mole
Date Posted: 29 Aug 19 at 1:42pm
Are you using a symmetric or asymmetric sail?

If symmetric I am not sure it would work

As for and asymmetric, they are troublesome to set up and operate. 

There are a good number of guides on Youtube" rel="nofollow -  good overall information about set up and rigging" rel="nofollow -  - alternative technique to depower the sail

Ref the ant-torsion rope, it is expensive but available here" rel="nofollow - , 
North sails and Elvstrom have developed sails not requiring it. Again, those sails aren't cheap either.

Posted By: fudheid
Date Posted: 29 Aug 19 at 2:27pm
on a small keelboat then you will find a snuffer, simpler, easier to use (remember the KISS Keep It Simple Stupid philosphy!)and better for the spinnaker. A furling spinnaker, furls around a thin rope - even on a 40ftr that rope is on 14mm think about what that does to the spinnaker material...
There's a manufacturer on Ebay that makes them down to small dayboat sizes..." rel="nofollow -

Cheers you

only me from over the sea......

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