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    How Long is my Furling Line?

    Furling_cables

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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.

    FSE Robline Rope for Sale

    FSE Robline Rope for Sale

    Image Credit: All images are credit courtesy of Robline

    As active and enthusiastic professional sailors, FSE Robline pride themselves on creating ‘world class yachting ropes’. Designed with both cruising sailors and regatta sailors in mind, FSE are a global brand with a focus on innovative materials and designs. Upffront.com are very pleased to now have FSE Robline rope for sale on our website.

    Code Zero Torsional Cable: Tackle Luff Length Troubles

     

    Torsional Cable Luff Length CC Doyle Oleu Sailmakers

    Image Credit: Doyle Oleu Sailmakers

     

    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.

     

    Measuring Your Boat for a New Torsional Cable


    Facnor Code ZeroImage credit: Facnor

     

    You have decided to go for a new code zero or downwind asymmetric. To ensure the furling system fits your boat, it is important to take a physical measurement of the maximum space available from the attachment point of the drum to the full hoist halyard position.

    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.

    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.

    Furling system: options & accessories

     Facnor furling drum with ratchet

    When purchasing a furling system, there are several other considerations that need to be taken into account to ensure you have a fully operational furling system. Some are basic / essentials and others are optional extra’s.

    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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