[Rhodes22-list] CDI Flexible furler

Michael D. Weisner mweisner at ebsmed.com
Sun Aug 28 23:56:30 EDT 2016


Are you sure that you have the CDI not the GBI furler?  The CDI uses a
"messenger line" style halyard to raise the sail permitting interchanging
sails without dropping the mast or using a bosun. See the manual in our
archives at:

The archives also have a thread on the halyard replacement at:

A short thread on the benefits of the CDI vs. the GBI is at::

s/v Wind Lass  ('91)
Nissequogue River, NY

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Jay Weiss
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Subject: [Rhodes22-list] CDI Flexible furler

Live and learn.
This past week while Hudson River sailing with a non responsive outboard
(another story) we were surprised to witness our jib sliding down its
furler.  The canvass loop at the head of the sail that attached it to its
halyard's shackle had failed. We removed the sail from the furler and sent
it to the sail maker, who said that the loop was unprotected from the sun's
UV radiation even as the rest of the furled sail was protected by a cover.
He replaced it and returned it.
Now the question:
It appears that I only need to place the bolt of the sail into the slot of
the furler (near the deck) and slide it up toward the mast head and there
attach it to the shackle that's remains there. The deck end of the halyard
is then tightened around a cleat beside the drum as is the tack of the sail.
Is that right?  (I'll be using a bosun's chair.) Ordinarily a jib halyard is
lowered to deck level, attached to the head of the sail, and the sail then
raised and the line secured on deck or on the mast. The CDI furler doesn't
seem to work that way?  I purchased the boat used with its furler and
foresail already installed so I'm totally unfamiliar with how it works.

Jay Marshall Weiss
Poughkeepsie, NY
1998 R-22

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