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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:48 pm 
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I often wish I had a third hand to hold the bridle/furling drum up while I am inserting the forestay adjuster and pinning it in place. I saw a YouTube video once where the guy had kludged something up for the purpose, but I was still a lowly monohull sailor at that point, so I didn't pay much attention.

Is there a company out there that makes a tool for this specific purpose? If not, has someone on here come up with anything like that for their Getaway?

Thanks in advance,

Ken


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:02 pm 
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Well, I kept the furler attached to the forestay and just attached the bridle strops to the furler after raising the mast. I also changed out the rings with ring dings for ease of slotting through. Worked for me.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:10 pm 
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We use a ratchet strap with hooks at both ends. Just long enough to get it into an extra shackle. Then a few cranks to make it easy to put in the pins.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:59 pm 
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https://photos.app.goo.gl/DcZCXxhprXmKwi3AA
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Little something I made a couple weeks ago.Telescoping tube I got from the local boat parts store, I think they use them for raising & holding up the canvas or canopy. I cut it shorter, changed the ends, jb welded some washers on one end. It telescopes to the length you need then you lock it in place. Haven't tried it yet. Steve C.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:24 pm 
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I leave my furler attached to the forestay, and use quick release clevises to the bridle. I have a mast stepper 3 to raise the mast, and it's easy to pin the first bridle to the furler. Depending on air temperature and how strong I am on any given day, I either tug down the furler to the other bridle, or I use the winch line to pull down the furler to where I can pin the second bridle.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:01 pm 
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Thanks everyone! Steve C has the right idea. I'll have to make something up like that next Spring. I'll post pictures of whatever I come up with.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:15 pm 
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I cut a piece of 2" PVC pipe to a length that would allow it to be wedged between the forward crossbar and the base of the roller furler. (I don't recall the exact length.) When wedged into place, it puts tension on the bridle resulting in the furler automatically lined up at the proper angle and holds it in place while the forestay is pinned in place. I put a couple turns of duct tape around both ends to help it stay in place without marring the finish and I used a sanding drum to put a little arc shape on the bottom to match the curve of the crossbar. Very cheap and very easy to make and use.


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