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    Default Roller Reefing to replace Rotostay IV

    Simple question, Plastimo or Harken? Experiences please.
    20ft Trailer Sailer, regular Mast lowering.
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    Default Re: Roller Reefing to replace Rotostay IV

    If you can possibly afford it, Harken but there must be a huge price difference.

    The Plastimo kit should be well developed by now and completely adequate.
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    Default Re: Roller Reefing to replace Rotostay IV

    Quote Originally Posted by Seajet View Post
    If you can possibly afford it, Harken but there must be a huge price difference..
    Thanks Seajet - there is.....
    Quote Originally Posted by Seajet View Post
    The Plastimo kit should be well developed by now and completely adequate
    But I really wanted first hand experience with Plastimo.....
    David
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    Default Re: Roller Reefing to replace Rotostay IV

    The problem with the current Rotostay is adjustment of the turnbuckle - the upper part of the turnbuckle (in the drum) tends to unwind the forestay layup when adjusting, normally required when restepping the mast. The better arrangement (IMHO) would be to have a forestay turnbuckle separate from the drum. I know the Harken has this, but does the Plastimo?
    David
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    Default Re: Roller Reefing to replace Rotostay IV

    Check the grooove in the furler spar.I discovered that all makes seem to have reduced the diameter from the generous Rotostay groove,meaning that new bolt ropes may be entailed with some or all

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    Default Re: Roller Reefing to replace Rotostay IV

    Quote Originally Posted by Redfox226 View Post
    Simple question, Plastimo or Harken? Experiences please.
    20ft Trailer Sailer, regular Mast lowering.
    I only have experience with Rotostay, a very early model which is getting on for 30 years old and still works well.

    Years ago, after Rotostay had ceased trading, a company in Gosport continued selling spares and offering repairs. I went there to have a new forestay made and to buy some spares.

    I asked the proprietor what make he would recommend if/when I could no longer get parts for my Rotostay.

    He said "Harken".
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    Default Re: Roller Reefing to replace Rotostay IV

    I have a Plastimo 406S fitted to my Duette. As far as I know it's the original equipment which was fitted in 1989. I replaced the lower set of balls this year, otherwise all working fine.

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    Default Re: Roller Reefing to replace Rotostay IV

    Thank you all for your replies; the problem I have with the turnbuckle would easily be sorted with the Harken, but I can't see the mechanism with the Plastimo to get this done....
    I suspect I'm going to have to dig deep for the Harken ESP.
    I too have been in touch with Paul Cochrane at XW Rigging, and had good service, but I can no longer live with the wear on the top of the forestay.
    David
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    Default Re: Roller Reefing to replace Rotostay IV

    Harken (and Furlex) are now very expensive for what they have to offer. I have the same problem (although with a significantly bigger boat), replacing my Harken this winter and I reckon Profurl gives a good trade off between price and quality.

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    Default Re: Roller Reefing to replace Rotostay IV

    Have a look at Alado see http://www.aladous.com/ no link to them but have a friend who has just done a rough transatlantic with one and was impressed, Seems very simple, ingenious and cheaper than the others

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