Furling Main Issues

A number of members have talked about problems with their furling main becoming difficult to pull out from the mast in spite of following recommendations of keeping tension on the outhaul when pulling it in and keeping the boom relatively at 90 degrees vis a vis the mast.

My experience with the same issue after 8 years of sailing my 387 was that the sail itself had stretched out such that it didn’t roll up tightly and consistently over the length of the sail.  This caused a bunching in the slot of the mast. For a while, I had to literally pull it out by hand.  North Sails finally diagnosed the problem for me.  A new sail solved the problem.  Recutting the old one was not cost effective.

I have also experienced the furling mechanism getting stuck when the main halyard is not tight and thus lets the hook on

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