Gear: Seldén’s Furlex Electric

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Furlex-Electric

Seldén’s Furlex Electric offers an easy path into the world of sweat-free headsail furling. The compact unit can be retrofitted to an existing manual Furlex unit or installed as a replacement for whatever you’ve got now. Its DC-DC converter accepts your boat’s 12V or 24V input and converts it to 48V. A powerful motor that draws between 10 and 30 amps drives a self-locking worm gear to furl or unroll the sail, while a two-speed, two-way switch allows fast or slow actuation. A built-in torque limiter will also cut the power should Cousin Doofus forget to ease the sheets while furling. Both abovedeck and belowdeck units are available. In case of a problem with the power supply, Seldén includes an emergency line-driver that can be quickly installed, allowing you to roll up the sail manually. From $8,000. Seldén, seldenmast.com

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