[Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Head sail furling


Thank you Steve and Bill K, and Vlad made an offer of his spare rebuild kit, too.
It sounds like I need to go to Ft L and dismantle my gearbox before I do anything else.  If I need help I’ll call Nance&Underwood.

Yes, Steve, please send me the list of seals.  Where did you get your spare shaft and gears?

Kent Robertson
S/V Kristy
USA cell: 828-234-6819

On Jan 2, 2019, at 2:12 PM, greatketch@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:



Before you condemn the gearing inside the box, be sure that the drive pin in the furling drum is fully engaging in the drive plate that is mounted on top of the gearbox.  We had our drive plate blow apart a few years ago, and other people have had trouble with the hole rounding over and pushing the pin up.  That sounds like the more likely cause.

Having just had our furling gearbox apart for routine maintenance, I think it very unlikely that the gearing inside the gearbox is the problem.  Certainly possible, but unlikely given what you describe as symptoms.

For the manual furling line, we have 10mm double braid dacron.  That worked great for us on the two occasions we needed it.  I wonder if the StaySet might be too stiff?  7/16" would not be too big.

If you need this unit disassembled and looked at, you might try Nance and Underwood, riggers in Fort Lauderdale.  They know Amel's very well, and Roger Underwood has been a help when we have used him.  If you need a new drive plate, I know they can make one for you.

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Duane Siegfri


I had the same trouble with the furler not holding a partially furled sail.  My problem was a slightly bent clutch pin (which effectively shortened it) and a pin plate with elongated and ramped holes - I imagine due to those before me ignoring the problem.

I had a new clutch pin fabricated about 2mm longer and that solved the problem.  I had considered reinforcing the pin plate but as long as the pin goes all the way through it wasn't necessary.  There is room for the extra 2mm below the pin plate.

Wanderer, SM#477