As an open source project we wanted to help recover and up-cycle old marine equipment.A furler is an essential piece of yacht rigging that allows the foresail to be deployed and taken down easily without requiring anyone to go out on deck.A continuous line leads back to the cockpit which when pulled rolls or unrolls the sail easily and safely.
Our furler design incorporates a standard roto-stay head swivel at it’s heart, these are often scrapped or discarded during a rigging upgrade.Our design allows old equipment to be re-purposed rather than being thrown away.The furler is constructed from marine grade materials including laser-cut 316 stainless and acetyl.We machined most parts in-house down in our workshop.
We’ve subjected our prototype to two years of thorough sea trials, it still performs smoothlyWe’re strong believers in open sourced projects so have released a full set of part drawings, to allow others to up-cycle their old rigging parts.
Continuous line sail furler
We were so Inspired by the Raspbery Pi foundation thatwe decided to do our own open source project… …being keen sailors (and mechanically minded) we chose to redesign a quintessential bit of yacht kit.