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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.

     

    New Product Launch - Karver V3 Furlers

    Karver V3 KF Furler

     

    Karver have just released details of a major redesign of their entire KF continuous line furler range. Almost 20 years of end user feedback and manufacturing experience have been brought together in this extensive upgrade. We are busy working to get the new range online but in the meantime, here is a summary of the key features of the 2021 Karver V3 KF Furlers.

    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.

    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.

    Fresh In: Facnor FlatDeck Genoa Furling System

    Facnor FlatDeck Furling System

    It’s no surprise that the Facnor FlatDeck is the newest addition to the Upffront website: it’s the latest in genoa furling innovation.

    Facnor are the self-professed ‘worldwide leader in designing and manufacturing furling systems’. Award-winning, the French brand possess over 30 years experience in the marine industry, providing furling systems for shipyards, ocean sailors and racers.

    Looking at a code zero? You need a Trogear Bowsprit

     

    Trogear Bowsprit
    Trogear Marine Products are the freshest addition to the Upffront portfolio. 

     

    Formed in 2012 by development engineer Jindrich Dokonal, Trogear are creating a buzz around their Trogear Adjustable Bowsprits. Tried and test for many years – and patented in 2012 – the bowsprit is popular with racers, cruisers and single-handed sailors.

    Wire vs Composite Structural Furling Forestays

    Maffioli furling plus Karver KF12

     

    In our previous blog, we explained what we meant by the term “structural furling forestay”. In this article we look at when to use traditional wire vs a composite cable as the torsional stay.

     

    Structural forestay furling systems using a normal wire stay are available on the market for boat lengths of up to approx. 10-11 m and a maximum of 7 mm wire diameter. If you look closely at the way a wire cable is made, it is wound in a spiral which lends itself quite nicely to handle torsional furling loads.

    Structural Furling Forestays

     

    structural furler

    Continuous line furlers, together with a torsional cable, is an alternative furling system for the main structural forestay. This is an increasingly popular, lightweight choice for both racing and cruising sailors.

     

    What is a “Structural Furling Forestay”?

    The main forestay on a sailing yacht is a crucial part of its “standing rigging”. It is a permanent installation, normally with a fixed length, and an essential element for maintaining the correct rig tension and tune.

    Help us help you! A message to our readers

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    Here at upffront.com, one of our objectives is to simplify your life when it comes to specifying the correct deck hardware and rigging systems. This is a core belief that frames everything we do. With this in mind, we have recruited a marketer dedicated precisely to this goal.

    Product comparison: Top-down furling system for 42ft cruising boat

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    You have a 42ft cruising boat and you are looking for options for a top-down furling system (for free-flying downwind asymmetric sails). We take a quick look at your main furling unit and cable choices in this size range.

    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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