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Capri 16 furling

Discussion in 'Smaller Boats' started by Kntafamily, Dec 8, 2016. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Kntafamily

    Kntafamily

    Joined Dec 8, 2016
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina Capri 16
    US Adirondacks, NY Adirondacks, NY
    Bought a used Capri 16 a few years back and love it, but I can't figure out how the furling system is supposed to be rigged. There is nothing in the owners manual and I've gotten by with a few different methods, but inevitably the rope falls off the drum or gets tangled. Anyone have a diagram? There is an eye on the deck, then a cleat on the cabintop. Thanks and also curious if someone with this boat has done a long trip.
     


  2. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    5,569 posts, 496 likes
    MacGregor, Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    Pictures/type of furler, please?
     


  3. Kntafamily

    Kntafamily

    Joined Dec 8, 2016
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina Capri 16
    US Adirondacks, NY Adirondacks, NY
    Wish I could - but boat is in NY and I'm in PA. I believe it was a standard issue, at least in the original ones. It is a 1990 and I believe one of the first hulls. The furler just has a single groove all the way around it, so I imagine the line goes through it once, or wraps around once. It's what happens outside of the furler (to keep tension on the line) that isn't clear.
     


  4. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    5,569 posts, 496 likes
    MacGregor, Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    That tension is usually achieved through a balance of forces created between the jib sheet(s) and the furler control line by the sailor. Always maintain a little tension on the sheet and control line when furling/unfurling.
    Ideally, the eye on the foredeck will allow the control line to enter the drum at 90 degrees to the vertical orientation of the drum. This helps in loading the drum evenly.
    I think...:biggrin:
    Edit- a single groove on the drum? Continuous or looped control line.
     


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  5. Joe

    Joe

    Joined Jun 1, 2004
    6,117 posts, 180 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Mission Bay, San Diego
    It would not be unusual for your furling device to have been an upgrade installed by one of the previous owners... so instructions will not appear in your boat owner's manual. You can, however, learn the basics of roller furling by a simple google search. There are various types of roller furling devices. Yours could even be home made. Try to find a picture of one similar to yours in your search then post it here for discussion.
     


  6. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    3,190 posts, 592 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    I am at a loss as to the need for a furler on a Capri 16. I guess, but when I sailed a Capri in he early 70's we removed a big sail and put up a small sail if needed. An rarely was such an action needed, even single handed. The sail is just not that big, and the rigging puts a lot more weight on the bow while fouling the sails fore edge robbing the boat of a few degrees of pointing ability.
    But if your must, the suggestion of looking as other furling systems would be helpful in identifying the parts on your boat.
    :worthless:We are just guessing.
     


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  7. Kntafamily

    Kntafamily

    Joined Dec 8, 2016
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina Capri 16
    US Adirondacks, NY Adirondacks, NY
    Thanks for all the replies. I have been thinking the line was a continuous loop, but there may be a hole somewhere on top of the groove to fix one end of a line - and it would work as suggested like a big boat - unfurl with the jib sheets and furl with the line. The groove is just not that big for many wraps of the line, but the line could be much smaller than what I am trying. It may be have added after the boat was new because the jib has no sun protection when its rolled up, although every picture of these boats shows a furler. It's actually quite light and is awesome to have on this micro cruiser. It seats 6 adults without a problem and the equipment makes it easy to set the sails with a full boat.
     


  8. Chris115

    Chris115

    Joined Jun 21, 2011
    25 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 22 MKII
    C Scarborough


  9. Solarfy

    Solarfy

    Joined Jul 26, 2016
    69 posts, 5 likes
    American Sail 18
    US Granada Hills, California MDR
    Use nylon parachute cord for furling line. It should be rated for at least 80# and smaller than 1/8". It is a skinny line. As said before herein, you must keep tension on the line by controlling the jib sheets and the furling line. Wrap the sail tightly by holding the jib sheet lightly while pulling the furling line.
     


  10. walt

    walt

    Joined Jun 1, 2007
    2,990 posts, 228 likes
    Macgregor 26S Hobie TI, Capri Coronado 15
    US Denver, Colorado
    Same boat? I had a Capri 16 for a while, awesome little boat.. It had one of the CDI furlers (probably FF2??) on it and it was all standard.
    capri16-1.JPG capri16-2.JPG
     



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