Where Credit Is Due: May 2013
The 1996 Beneteau 281 I bought about four years ago came with a Z-Spars genoa furler. The top part of the furler (the cap) had been broken at some point, and about a third of it was missing. In addition to potentially fouling the furling line, the broken cap did not look ship-shape. I recently contacted the distributor, U.S. Spars in Gainesville, Fla., and told them that I wanted to replace the broken cap. They said that the cap is now metal and that the new model would probably work for me. They sent me a new one for just $20.
I consider that a bargain for a roller-furler part. I appreciated their help and willingness to send me the updated part. While the new cap does work well, installing it required a major disassembly of the furler and forestay by an expert rigger—and that didn’t cost me just $20.
Sheet Music, Beneteau Oceanis 281