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    Karver KFEC Eco Furlers - A better future and a better furler

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    It is up to us, sailors, navigators, racers, and adventurers, to act for the preservation of the oceans, our wonderful playground. Innovations are flourishing, attitudes and habits are changing, and builders and designers are now giving priority to the eco-design of boats and fittings, and to the search for more ecological materials. In this blog we shine a spotlight on the innovative construction technology in the Eco Concept furler range, and say congratulations to Karver Systems for doing their bit for the environment.

    The Best Code 0 furlers for 25-30ft Sailing Boats

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    If you have a 25-30ft sailboat and you are looking to boost your sailing performance with a code zero or asymmetric spinnaker then you will need a furler in the 900-1000kg working load range. There is a decent selection of different products available at this size, but which one should you chose? In this blog we run through the relative pro’s and con’s of the main contenders.

    Harken Small Boat Furlers - From 14ft Dinghy to 30ft Sportsboat

    Upffront J70 With Harken Furler

     

    Harken have a dedicated range of furlers for dinghies and keel boats up to 30ft (3mm, 5mm and 6mm diameter forestays). These are what we, at upffront.com would term “Structural furlers”, in that they are an integral part of the main forestay. These systems are designed for furling only and cannot be used as a jib reefing system.

    New Product Launch - Karver V3 Furlers

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    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.

    Ubi Maior Italia - FR Furler Range

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    Ubi Maior Italia puts a real emphasis on adopting the latest production techniques to maintain their sailing hardware range at the performance cutting edge. The latest evolution of their successful FR Range of code zero and asymmetric furlers is no different.

    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.

    Replacing your Karver Furler Quick Release Spring Kit

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    The Karver range of furling units has come a long way in the last 10-15 years, with each aspect of the design seeing incremental improvements. Captive pins with quick release mechanisms are almost universal on furling drums and swivels these days and they too have seen considerable development. The quick release mechanisms rely on small springs which can get damaged and require replacement. This blog will outline the evolution of the Karver captive pin systems and help you identify the correct replacement spring kit for your Karver furler.

    Bamar’s RLG EVO – Code 0 Furler

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    Image credits: Bamar

    Hailing from Northern Italy, Bamar are over 40 years old and on a mission to create sleek, performance orientated furling designs that aim to ‘partially automate sailing operations’. In this blog we will take a look at Bamar’s RLG EVO range of continuous line, code 0 furlers, and their key features and benefits.

    Product review: Facnor Flatfurl structural furler

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    As their name suggests Facnor Furling Systems are a French manufacturer with over 30 years dedicated to all forms of onboard furling systems for ocean racers and cruising sailors alike.

    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’.

    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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