Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel54 Main Sail Furler
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thank you I was lucky that the wind was not heavy. I had used the sail in light winds to get off of a small sandbar and furled it too rapidly because I was nervous and in a hurry, but all is well thank you all for your help.
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From: "Ben Driver/YAHOO joedoakes66@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
Date: 7/8/17 9:12 AM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Amel54 Main Sail Furler
What Bill describes happened to us. It was totally my fault for very improperly furling the sail - in high winds with no outhaul. We were unable to get it out of the mast with in-out motion of outhaul. It was tightly backlashed. However, we were successfully in getting it out.
I went up the mast (in a bosun's chair with safety line) where I could see top portion of sail bunched and pulled it out by hand while Gayle operated the outhaul. You need start at top where it is easier to pull out and slowly work downward. I think you'll find clearing it from top down is only way. It was impossible for me to pull bottom of sail out. Little by little you'll work your way to bottom and free sail. Once we stared this method, it took us about 45 minutes. It was more pulling by hand than outhaul. And many times rolling in and then out.
Good luck and patience
Ben and Gayle
S/V La Bella Vita
On Jul 8, 2017, at 8:37 AM, 'Bill & Judy Rouse' yahoogroups@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote: