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    Karver KF V3 Furler Accessories Guide

    Karver V3 KF Furler

     

    The Karver KF V3 range is now available at upfront.com. With this latest iteration of their popular KF furlers, Karver have moved away from dedicated top down drums in favour of a more flexible modular system.

    This blog will outline the accessories available for the KF V3 range and help you identify what will fit best into your set up.

     

    How Long is my Furling Line?

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    It’s a simple question but if you are buying a new furler or need to organise a replacement furling line and do not have access to measure it……. how long should it be!? In this blog we give you some simple rules for estimating the required lengths of single or continuous loop furling lines.

    Adding a Staysail? Inner Forestay Setup Options

    Bamar_RLG-EVO_Staysail-Furler

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    Are you considering upgrading your sail plan to include a staysail? It is an increasingly popular choice, offering considerable performance benefits, which is explored in more detail in our previous blog here. In this blog we focus on the various setup options and some things to watch out for when considering an inner forestay retrofit.

    Harken Reflex Furler: Always adapting to stay ahead of the game

    harken code zero sails

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    Blocks, winches, travellers and a whole range of other systems, Harken has been a market leader in the sailing industry for over 40 years and is a household name among sailors. They consistently deliver great quality products and are known for their extensive distribution network and customer service. However, despite their extensive product range, Harken didn’t actually release their own continuous line furling system until 2016.

    Guest Blog - Furling Your Mainsail

     

    Main Sail Furling
    BY ANDY RICE, INTERVIEWING BJARNE LORENZEN

    Most of the time we think of furling headsails but as Bjarne Lorenzen of sailmaker Doyle O’leu explains, there are options for furling your mainsail too. In the fifth and final post from this series, Bjarne considers the pros and cons of ‘in boom’ or ‘in mast’.

    Code Zero Torsional Cable: Tackle Luff Length Troubles

     

    Torsional Cable Luff Length CC Doyle Oleu Sailmakers

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    Previously on the upffront.com blog, we looked at how to measure a new torsional cable for your boat, and emphasised the importance of an accurate measurement to ensure a correct cable specification for your new code zero or downwind asymmetric.

     

    What Information is Required to Specify the Correct Genoa Furling System?


    Facnor Flatdeck Genoa Furling System
     
    So, you’re in the market for a new genoa reefing system… either your existing furling unit is extremely old - and spare parts aren’t available anymore - or you’re choosing to switch from a forestay with hanks for more comfortable cruising.

    Electric Bowsprit Furler - Brand-New from Bamar

     Bamar BWSE Bowsprit Electric FurlerWhilst performance enhancing marine electronics - such as nke - continue to thrive in popularity, more and more people are also choosing to turn their heads towards the automatisation of various sailing systems.

    How do I rig the bobstay on my Trogear bowsprit?


     
     


    Trogear Bowsprit Bobstay Rigging

     

    The popularity of flying a code zero or asymmetric sail increased tenfold in 2018, with the trend set to soar in 2019 as more and more sailors take advantage of these high performance sails.

    Torsional Furling Rope – What’s an S-Splice!?


     


    Torsional Furling Cable CC Kohlhoff RiggingWhen it comes to furling cables, custom top-down cables (for loose luff, asymmetrical gennakers) and bottom-up cables (for code zeros and staysails) can sometimes be expensive. For small to medium sized racing and cruising sailboats (up to 45ft), torsional rope can often be a viable and cost-effective alternative for performance furling systems.

    We are constantly reporting on the latest innovations in the marine industry which offer weight savings whilst, at the same time, increasing safety factors. The result: lighter, faster, safer and more exciting sailing.

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