plastimo roller reefing disassembly

bobgosling

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I have a cutter rigged boat with both foresails on Plastimo roller reefing gear ( model 608 ? ) . I want to remove the staysail rig and convert back to a sloop. I thought all I would need to do would be undo the bottlescrew at the bottom and "unthread" the rig, undoing each section connector as I went. It was well and truly stuck and I don't like to force things unless I know they reallyy should undo ! Does anyone know if I need to undo anything at the top where the stay connects to the mast ?

Very confused ! Any advice or suggestions welcome. I really don't want to take a hacksaw to it.
 

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You should be able to get the full fitting instructions on line from the Plastimo website.

I was certainly as able to find the full 23 page assembly instructions for the 1012-T from there.

If you get that it should be fairly easy to work out how to do it.

Iain
 

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If it's the same as the one I'm trying to fit, then I think you probably do need to undo something at the top.

The stay runs through a plastic guide held into a channel in the alloy foil; but the channel won't take the eye at the bottom of the stay. Two options:

1) snip the eye from the bottom of the stay; it should then all drop nicely off, but you're left with a stay that's too short and doesn't have an eye.

2) drill out the rivets holding the bottom drum onto the foil, then the rivets holding the luff guide, then get to the top of the stay and drill out the rivets holding the top cap to the foil. It should then be possible to pull the foil off the plastic channels, and then pop the channels off the stay.

I'm not sure a hacksaw will help a lot...

You could always just leave the extra rolling gear in place?
 

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then I think you probably do need to undo something at the top.

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I have a Plastimo roller reefing on my forestay. I helped the rigger fit it. At the top he fitted a stalock terminal after putting all the Plastimo stuff on the forestay. I think you might find this is common practice. So the stay is probably going to have to come down to remove the furler unless as someone else has suggested you cut the stay at the bottom.
 

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I have recently stripped and rebuilt my 609 system.
Once you get the stay disconnected from the chain plate at deck level you should then be able to get the drum down off the lower end of stay, if you then detach the drum from the lower end of the bottom foil and slide out the inner pvc liner, then detach the second foil from the third one and remove the next liner, and continue on until you have all foils dissasembled, (everything sliding down the stay as you progress) then you should not have to go up the mast, as there is nothing that would stop the whole assembly from sliding down along the stay.
Each foil will come away from the stay once the pvc liner is taken out.
Hope I havent confused you.
 

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Yes, I had the same thought on the train this morning, after typing my message.

If there is enough stay coming out the bottom of the foil after removing the drum, you might be able to slide the PVC liner out at the bottom. Then the whole caboodle will slide down the stay & you can disassemble without going up the top.

Good luck!
 
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