Roller furler problem

Discussion in 'Capri/Catalina 14 Talk' started by Vic Roy, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. Vic Roy

    Vic Roy Member

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    I have a Harken roller furler and this week it quit working - no spring tension and it is binding. I have taken it off the boat and cannot find a model number or any other identifying mark whatsoever on it. The top drum is stamed "Harken", "USA", "Pat. Pend" and the trademark "r"....it also has a paper label on the top drum with the Harken logo. I looked on the Harken site but could not figure out which model this is. It was on my 1988 14.2 when I got it this summer.

    I guess the spring is busted? I don't have the proper snap ring pliers to take the thing apart yet. Any hints folks?

    Thanks,

    Vic
     
  2. jerinaldi

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    I have a used Mod 2 that came with a Harken roller furler that I assume is stock. Mike does not have a spring (come to think of it, I don't think any boat with a roller furler that I've sailed had a spring-loaded roller furler). In any event, mine has a small line attached to the drum. When I unfurl, I just pull on the jib sheet and the line rolls up onto the drum as the sail unfurls. When I furl, I pull on the line and it turns the drum and wraps up the jib.
     
  3. Vic Roy

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    Thanks....geezzz, I just assumed it had a spring like an outboard recoil starter but come to think of it the spring's not necessary since you are pulling it in and out with eitheer the jib sheet or the control line on the drum......I guess I out-thunk me-self? I'll get some snap ring pliers today and take it apart and see why its binding.

    Thanks again,

    Vic
     
  4. Vic Roy

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    Upon further review.....the furler is bent, probably a casualty of my beginner scrapes with bulkheads, docks, trees, etc. Probably ruined. Any ideas on a good place to buy a new one?

    Thanks,

    Vic, the sheepish.....
     
  5. dlikos

    dlikos New Member

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    This is how mine works.

    I have had the line roll all the way into the drum when unfurling though...be careful that the string (jib halyard?) is long enough so that you can furl your jib quickly.
     
  6. Vic Roy

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    Found this link on how to disassemble both ends of the furling system and replace the bearings. I will take my drum unit apart and see if maybe its not bent internally but just broke some bearings since they are plastic. Looks like the low price on just the drum unit is about $150.

    http://www.thebeachcats.com/pictures/?g2_itemId=72561

    Vic
     
  7. Vic Roy

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    Used my new snap ring pliers to take the furler apart and it turned out the center post got cocked and some of the 45 little ball bearings got stuck. It all came apart real easily and I managed not to lose any balls. I followed the guy's instructions in the above link and put it all back together and it works good as new. Impossible to even attempt without his instructions. I laid out a dark colored towel on a table with a strong light, used magnifying glasses and some good tweezers and it was pretty easy. His tape trick is the magic that makes it work.

    Anyhow, feel like I need to go buy a lottery ticket....

    Vic
     
  8. woodbark

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    Vic,
    I love DIY success stories, personal gratification that can't be bought or taken away :)

    Thanks for sharing the experience ;)
     
  9. keyskid

    keyskid New Member

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    Great job! I made my furler out of pvc pipe. When it breaks I will have no one to blame but myself! :rolleyes:
     

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