These days furling headsails are standard equipment on sailing yachts. Most of the time they make foresail handling a breeze: setting, reefing and dousing the headsail is accomplished from the comfort and relative safety of the cockpit. But as reliable as modern furlers have become they’re not bulletproof: they’re subject to wear and tear like any other mechanical gear.
In this video, during a recent sailing adventure, we encounter a stubborn headsail furler and employ every trick in the book to develop a procedure to coerce the sail to furl:
Ever have trouble with furling gear while sailing? I’m especially interested in experiences where sailors decided to switch back to hank on or bolt-rope sails.