PBO ver­dict

Practical Boat Owner - - Practical -

I’m de­lighted. We’ve had the furler for three months now and it has worked fault­lessly, in­clud­ing a cou­ple of high-pres­sure furls and un­furls dur­ing spin­naker hoists and drops on the Round the Is­land race.

To al­low us to quickly snub the line when reef­ing the line passes through a deck-mounted foot­block with a lever cam, mod­i­fied to al­low me to fit the end­less line without re­mak­ing the splice.

The end­less line gives com­plete con­trol over the speed of rolling and un­rolling the sail, and the de­sign gives max­i­mum lever­age at all times, which has made start­ing the roll no­tice­ably eas­ier. It is pos­si­ble for the slack line to col­lect in a heap on the fore­deck, and although this has not re­sulted in a tan­gle to date I plan to use a piece of bungee and block to keep the slack aft.

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