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Wanting to get a roller furling for my Catalina 25... which one do ya'll recommend?

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  1. BTWill83


    Joined Jun 28, 2017
    1 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 25
    US Pacific NW At my slip
    I've already got the sail FOR the roller furling that was on the boat and not working. Looking to get a new one, and there seem to be a lot of options that are cheaper, and more expensive. Not looking to break the bank, but also not wanting to buy the cheapest piece o crud around.

    Thanks for helping, I love learning from those who have been there and done it before.

  2. Stu Jackson

    Stu Jackson

    Joined Feb 26, 2004
    19,345 posts, 327 likes
    Catalina 34
    US C34 San Francisco

    Last edited: Jun 29, 2017
  3. JRacer


    Joined Aug 9, 2011
    390 posts, 50 likes
    Beneteau 310
    US Wichita, Kansas Cheney KS (Wichita)
    Selden Furlex.

  4. Mikem


    Joined Dec 20, 2009
    373 posts, 17 likes
    Hunter 466
    US Bremerton
    We put a CD F 4 on our 1981 C 25. I think that's what it was. Works like a champ.

  5. Alansails


    Joined Oct 3, 2011
    431 posts, 29 likes
    Anam Cara Catalina 310 Hull #155
    US Lake Erie/Catawba Island
    We put Harken on our 25 and were glad we did, added to our resale and also piece of mind!!
    Also made life way easier for Wife and safer!!!

  6. Joe5917


    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    14 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 320
    US Bristol, RI
    I had a Schaefer SnapFurl on my C25. Easy to put on, because the foil that surrounds the forestay is two long plastic extrusions that snap together to envelop the entire stay.

    Downside: if you need to remove the slotted foil, like to inspect the forestay for fraying, you have to purchase a whole, new two-part foil; it cannot be re-used.

  7. Barnacle Bill

    Barnacle Bill

    Joined Jun 9, 2008
    1,437 posts, 13 likes
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    US -Bayfield
    If you trailer your boat a lot (hence raise and lower the mast frequently), a furler with a flexible extrusion might be best. The two out there are the CDI (Cruising Design Flexible Furler) or the Schaefer Snap Furl. Both work well and are about the cheapest on the market. The CDI uses its own halyard system while the Schaefer uses your existing halyard(s). If you intend to race and do headsail changes, then the Schaefer is the way to go, but most likely you will just reef or partially furl your headsail if the wind pipes up. I am not sure if the CDI is designed for partial furling or not. A good question to ask. In my opinion, the Selden Furlex is the best system out there. You get a new forestay whether you want one or not (which assures quality control over all components of the system) and you also get most everything you want, like the halyard restrainers, the furling line and blocks to bring the line to the cockpit. Other manufactures have those items as options and for more money while the Furlex has that stuff included in the kit. The Furlex has aluminum extrusions, so for a trailerable sailor, you have to be careful so you don't bend them raising and lowering the mast. Harken makes a good product too, but I told you what I like best.

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