{Stus-List} Roller Furler Foil Reinforcement

Dennis C. captbuy at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 10 14:12:07 EDT 2009

You said the problem was at a joint.  From that I guess the furler is in sections.  Would it be beneficial to relocate the damage to the very top or very bottom where the swivel doesn't pass?

Dennis C.
Touche' 35-1 #83
Mandeville, LA

From: Bob Moriarty <bobmor99 at gmail.com>
To: cnc-list <cnc-list at cnc-list.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 1:02:56 PM
Subject: {Stus-List} Roller Furler Foil Reinforcement

My Hood SeaFurl2 foil met a channel marker a few years ago. The channel marker said "get bent", which it did. A few weeks ago, I hired a very talented welder/metalworker/dock neighbor. He was able to straighten the foil to the point where the swivel can now travel from top to bottom. The only problem is that the joint close to the impact point is still weakened. The swivel will stick a bit if there's any sort of fore-aft or port-starboard force being applied to the foil in that area.

The foil has twin grooves. I'm not a headsail quick-change artist and can get by with a single groove. So, I was thinking of reinforcing the joint by epoxying a foot-long piece of flat bar into one of the grooves at the damaged joint. The thickness of the flat bar would be 3/16" (#6 luff tape). The width would be around 3/8". (None of it would stand above the groove.)

Opinions? Other ideas? First, do no harm?


Bob Moriarty
Ox 33-1
Jax, FL

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