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    Posted: 11 Mar 2014 at 12:12am
I bought Quest a couple of months and find I have a cruising chute by Hyde sails which has an attachment point for an umbilical line, suggesting it must have been designed to fly on a Facnor Asymmetric Furler. Does anyone have any experience of these furlers ? I would be interested to know if they are of value especially for single handed cruising ?

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Hi Nick,

I haven't used the Facnor gear myself but Webb Chiles describes using one during one of his circumnavigations in his book "The Fifth Circle" and says it totally changed the way he sails. (The boat is a 37-foot Heritage One-Ton sloop.) The ease of setting and dropping the spinnaker means he uses it a lot more and carries it for longer because he doesn't have to worry about getting it down.

I have a North Sails asymmetric spinnaker on Silver Harmony which I rarely use, partly because I haven't found a good way of dropping it single-handed. I was thinking of selling it but having read Webb's book (which you can download as a pdf from his web site I think I'll keep it and add a furler to the list of "maybe one day" upgrades.

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