{Stus-List} Roller Furler Foil Reinforcement

Bill Coleman coltrek at verizon.net
Wed Jun 10 15:07:29 EDT 2009

Hate to be a doubting Thomas, but aluminum loves to gall. May not go too
far. A little KY?
Bill Coleman
C&C 39


Last idea. Then back to work.
Instead, jam a slightly greater than 3/16" foot-long rod up the groove. Not
sure about holding it in place. Maybe that's where the "jam" helps.  

On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 2:08 PM, Bob Moriarty <bobmor99 at gmail.com> wrote:

The thickness would be < 3/16".

On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 2:02 PM, Bob Moriarty <bobmor99 at gmail.com> wrote:

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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