Re: [Amel] mast mainsail furler foil


I recently pulled my Nirvana mast to check for damage after losing the head stay mid Atlantic. I can confirm that the only way to remove the furling tube is to pull the mast, it slides out of the bottom. its an expensive operation. I suggest following any/all the advice in this thread to resolve your problem.
s/v Minaxi sm6

--- In amelyachtowners@..., "wintherdeb" <wintherdeb@...> wrote:

We flushed it with WD40 and released the swivel so it comes down but the technicians think the foil is scarred. It looks like the swivel is ok but will give it a good flush and cleaning. We are wondering if anyone has had a similar problem. Does anyone know of a replacement foil available for what we believe to be a Nirvana foil? Will have the technician check with Amel in Hyeres but appreciate any suggestions.
Deb & Mike
s/v Coriandre SM '93

--- In amelyachtowners@..., Richard03801 <richard03801@> wrote:

Hi what is blocking the track. If it is dirt and salt why not go up with a hose and wash it out?

Richard Piller

Cell 603 767 5330

On Jun 11, 2013, at 4:26, "wintherdeb" <wintherdeb@> wrote:

Does anyone know if the mast needs to be dismantled in order to replace/repair the foil on the mainsail furler? We tried to hoist a new mainsail on our SM '93 and the swivel got stuck about 20cm from the top and wouldn't budge. Some guys went up to have a check and after freeing up the swivel (24hrs after spraying with WD40 and a bit of pounding with a rubber hammer did the trick)they think it is the foil. We probably need to have a crane take off the mast in order to get it repaired. Is there any other way (via the top?) this can be done? We are guessing the cause is wear and tear - it is the first time the mainsail has been changed, also perhaps salt and sand getting into the mast? We are debating whether to go through the process of a dismantle depending on time factor or putting old sail back on (up to point swivel got stuck - will have to get some of old sail shortened) to get through season and then have done next winter. Our main question is whether the mast has to be dismantled in order to fix the problem or if there is a simpler way?
Deb & Mike
s/v Coriandre '93 SM

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