There were a few occasions this past summer where there was little to no pressure on the sail in very light wind. During this time we heard the furling extrusion (internal spool) banging around inside the mast. This past week, after taking the sail off, the banging got very loud. (Apparently the bulk of the sail worked as a bushing). Unfortunately the day I chose to remove the sail it was very windy. In order to dampen the banging I sent the halyard swivel back up the mast, about 3/4 of the way (with a messenger line on it) to act as a bushing. Additionally, I stuffed some foam bedding into the slot and against the spool. (in the video below you will hear the banging, and this is after the dampening effect of the halyard and foam!). After I had the mast taken down later that day and I was able to look into the slot, I noticed there was nothing supporting the spool at the top, just below the mast head, and hence the banging around the cavity freely. I could clearly see the top of the spool and where there seemed to be wear marks where something may have been... My question: what should be up there? A bushing? A race? A bracket? Can't imagine it was designed to simply sit on the bottom race/bracket. Any suggestions and guidance would be appreciated! Here is a link to a video of the racket... https://youtu.be/bfrpxmMXzm4 Mike
updated with pics of the top of the spool inside of the mast cavity. Still trying to believe that it came from catalina this way, with nothing at the top. But maybe it did! Next step is to call Catalina and ask!
Jackfish Girl, 1999, C36 MKII, Tall Rig, Wing Keel, In-mast furling, Phinneys Harbor, Bourne, MA