Upgrading my Sailboat to a Roller Furling

I need tips and advice on how to upgrade my sailboat to a roller furling! Who can help?


  • You need to know the exact length of your head stay and where it attaches. You don't say what kind of boat that you are working on. It matters. A Catalina headstay mounts above deck right at the bow. Your furler length is the same as your head stay. A Hunter forestay attaches in the anchor rode locker about six to eight inches below the deck, so you need an extension bit of forestay (usually a pair of stainless steel bars) to keep the drum above the deck and stabil so it does not twist when deploying and retrieving the jib. So your furler will be your head stay length minus the offset to get it above deck.

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