Re: Amel 54 Furlers
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Hi Paul et all,
I agree 100% with Nicks comment and I think it’s all about how you furl and how you treat the MEJ 1.02.
My 54 Hull nr.55 (2007) is equipped with MJE 1.02 on both headsails.
When I bought the boat 4 years ago, I greased and sealed both Furlers with proper RTV Silicone Seal. Nothing else since then. I’m sailing every year more than 9Mt (even during Covid times).
The staysail furler got a bit noisy recently, and I think it needs a service now. But that’s normal every few years. No information about water ingress.
To summarize; - I’m happy with the Bamar furlers and never had a problem. I also carry some rubber belts from the former owner, but never had to change any.
As Nick mentioned, don’t think the wind in the MED is different. 40kn in Med has the same power as elsewhere. I faced Meltemi in Greece 2019 or Mistral last year in Corsica well over 40 kn.
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On my 54 with MEJ 1.02
I have no problem. You have to release the sheet before reefing. Completely unload the sail, reef it, and then sheet it in.
I have never experienced the headsail unfurling in strong winds.
Do not kid yourself about Med weather being light. It blows pretty hard here in Greece, 40 knots is to be expected in a strong Meltemi between high islands.
As for the staysail, it is small. The furler is more than adequate.
I have no opinion on water ingress. When I bought the boat both furlers were a mess, but I put in new belts and cleaned them up. One motor needed replacement after a transatlantic east bound, but that was probably age.
I am not saying there are not better furlers out there but if you treat the MEJ 1.02 kindly it is fine.