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    The Baby Karver Furler - KF0.9

    Image credit :© Karver

     

    “Sailing faster or with less effort is often limited due to poor equipment ”- Marin Clausin: Karver CEO. Reputed for their innovation, the French sailing hardware manufacturer has added a new product to their furler family. Years of experience in offshore racing and cruising equipment has been brought together into this innovative “baby Karver furler”, the KF0.9”.

    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.

    Choosing the right code zero or gennaker furler

    Facnor_FX4500 drum

    How do I choose the right code zero or gennaker furling unit for my boat? Data from 8 well-known manufacturers is reviewed and conclusions drawn to help guide you to an appropriate unit for your needs.

     

    A quick review of the available data will tell you that sizing the correct furling unit for your boat is NOT an exact science!

     

    The correct method for specifying a unit is by the Safe Working Load (SWL) and this is the one consistently available piece of information, across all manufacturers. Unfortunately, few, if any, people really know the SWL of their forestay or their Code zero tack load.

    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.

    Which top-down furler do I choose for my 25' sports boat?

     Upffront.com for all your rigging supplies including an extensive range of furling units and accessories

    You have a 25ft sportsboat and need a top-down furler, which one should you choose?

     

    One of upffront.com's key principles is to offer a good selection of hardware and rigging options with high quality technical information to give you the information you need to make informed product choices.

    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.

    Top-down and Bottom-up furling units - Differences and Options

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    What are the key differences between bottom-up and top-down furling units and do I need a dedicated unit for each type of furling?

    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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