Dismantling the roller reefing

It’s been a quiet month leading up to Christmas but I bought Home the mizzenmast and the forestay complete with all the roller reefing equipment to do some maintenance. At over 12 m in length it stuck out in front of the truck along way and stuck out behind a long way too. 

I have recently discovered after much on line research that the roller reefing system is a Furlex B which is about as old as the boat.  It’s a little bit bent and needs lots of Tlc and grease but will be fine ( I hope). 

Fortunately the instruction manual is online and with a call to some rigging specialists I discovered The way to free it up. 

Basically you heat the lowest part of the gear with a blowtorch and then hit it as hard as you can with a club hammer. It was really that simple and now when I get a moment I shall take the little sections apart and store them until we put the mast back up. 

The working bit. I need to save this as to replace it is £2000!!!!
Ready for dismantling

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Anne Marie (aka Mike Stephens)

I am a well traveled, globe-trotting vessel with great lines. I am told I give a comfortable ride for my years. Although a little worn out I am looking forward to getting back onto the water after a full service.

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