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SELDEN GX Top Down Furlers

The GX Furling System is for every sailor who likes to use spinnakers but wants it to be simplified, fast and easy. Unfurling an asymmetric spinnaker will give you instant gratification in terms of sailing performance and true sailing pleasure.

For Cruising:

In light wind it takes no time to hoist the furled spinnaker. And once off the wind you simply release the furling line and pull on the sheet and the asymmetric spinnaker unfurls while you remain in the safety of the cockpit. So, with a jib and an asymmetric spinnaker your performance is optimized for all wind angles. At the end of the day the furled sail is a neat, tight roll which is simple to bag and stow.

For Racing:

An asymmetric spinnaker measures the same as a regular downwind sail if it has a mid girth of at least 75% of the foot length. This means you can combine the furler with your regular spinnakers without penalty within the ORCi and IRC rules. This will increase your tactical options and will allow for faster and easier headsail changes.

Top-down-furling:

The sail is attached to the freely-rotating tack swivel on the drum and to the halyard swivel while the luff is free flying. A rigid anti-torsion line connects the drum and the halyard swivel. When turning the drum the anti-torsion line makes the top of the sail furl first, while the tack is independent on its swivel. This makes for a tightly furled sail from top to bottom.

Go to westmarine.com to order an endless furling line and anti-torsion line of the length and diameter that your system requires.

Customer Reviews
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
GX 7.5 Top Down Furler, Drum Dia. 4-1/8", Endless Furling Line Dia. 5/16", MWL 3306 lb., Max Suggested Sail Area 538 14151633 545-018-10
Delivery within 2 - 3 weeks.

$929.99

GX 7.5 Top Down Furler, Drum Dia. 4-3/4", Endless Furling Line Dia. 5/16", MWL 5511 lb., Max Suggested Sail Area 861 14151641 545-118-10
Delivery within 2 - 3 weeks.

$1,369.99

GX 7.5 Top Down Furler, Drum Dia. 5-7/8", Endless Furling Line Dia. 3/8", MWL 11023 lb., Max Suggested Sail Area 1238 14151658 545-218-10
Delivery within 2 - 3 weeks.

$1,699.99

Product Description

The GX Furling System is for every sailor who likes to use spinnakers but wants it to be simplified, fast and easy. Unfurling an asymmetric spinnaker will give you instant gratification in terms of sailing performance and true sailing pleasure.

For Cruising:

In light wind it takes no time to hoist the furled spinnaker. And once off the wind you simply release the furling line and pull on the sheet and the asymmetric spinnaker unfurls while you remain in the safety of the cockpit. So, with a jib and an asymmetric spinnaker your performance is optimized for all wind angles. At the end of the day the furled sail is a neat, tight roll which is simple to bag and stow.

For Racing:

An asymmetric spinnaker measures the same as a regular downwind sail if it has a mid girth of at least 75% of the foot length. This means you can combine the furler with your regular spinnakers without penalty within the ORCi and IRC rules. This will increase your tactical options and will allow for faster and easier headsail changes.

Top-down-furling:

The sail is attached to the freely-rotating tack swivel on the drum and to the halyard swivel while the luff is free flying. A rigid anti-torsion line connects the drum and the halyard swivel. When turning the drum the anti-torsion line makes the top of the sail furl first, while the tack is independent on its swivel. This makes for a tightly furled sail from top to bottom.

Go to westmarine.com to order an endless furling line and anti-torsion line of the length and diameter that your system requires.

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Furling Nightmere

By Stevedd

from Redondo Beach

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        Comments about GX Top Down Furlers:

        We installed a Selden GX15 on our Catalina 36 and used it with a 1,200 SF asymmetrical spinnaker (A2 Runner) on a 3 foot retractable sprit pole. The biggest problem that we have had is with unfurling. The sail will start to unfurl but stop after only a few feet of the sail is unfurled. Per manufacture recommendation we have tried increasing halyard tension to the point that we caused damage to our winch. It appears that portions of the sail may be back wound. We have tried video taping the furling and unfurling process in slow motion but after more than a season of trying, we have not found a sure fire solution. We have found that dropping the jib before unfurling helps insofar as the sail fills and helps with the unfurling process: this however, is not an ideal solution when racing since we end up with no head sail up and are uncertain whether the spinnaker will unfurl. It is a great concept and probably works for many, but we have had nothing but problems. Anyone interested in buy a used GX15?

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        I would buy GX7,5 topdown furler

        By Ryszard

        from Poland

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        • Where Antitorsion Rope

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          Comments about GX Top Down Furlers:

          its fine but antitorsion rope (what, where buy?)

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