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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.

    Choosing the Right Code Zero or Gennaker Furler

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    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.

    Armare Zero Twist Torsional Ropes

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    Armare Ropes is a 200-year-old, family owned, rope making business in Northern Italy. Upffront are pleased to launch a new range of finished torsional ropes, for code zero and asymmetric furlers, from this progressive company.

    Bamar RLG EVO ROLLGEN Top Down Furling System

    BAMAR RLG EVO Rollgen top down furler

     

    Karver KF V3 Furler Accessories Guide

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    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

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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.

    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.

    Downwind Turbo-charge with a Facnor Bowsprit

    Facnor Bowsprit

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    Facnor is a specialist in designing and manufacturing furling systems, and therefore it should come as no surprise that they have a retrofit bowsprit solution.

    Trogear Bowsprits: A good enough reason to drill a hole through your bow

     

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    Here at Upffront, we talk a lot about asymmetric sails and code zeros, and with good reason! Faster and more manageable, these are a popular choice among many sailors, with one caveat, they require a tack point for the drum forward of the forestay, which preferably means a bowsprit.

     

    While most modern, performance sail boats have permanent bowsprits attached, many older boats require modification to install a bowsprit and get those precious few extra feet on the bow.

    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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