Headsail Reefing and Furling System

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  • Each Alado roller furling system is designed to meet the highest standards of engineering and ruggedness for cruising needs
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Maintenance-free
  • Highest reliability
  • Self-containing double halyard sheaves allow for fast sail changing and downwind sailing with twin genoas
  • Specially designed dual interlocking 5' aluminum alloy foils form a true aerodynamic profile for optimum torsion strength and low wind resistance
  • Exclusive polypropylene bushings provide ease of operation and protection from forestay galvanic corrosion
  • No swivels under tension to jam or fail
  • Open drum for easy access to the furling line

Halyard Sheaves

  • Alado furlers have self-contained double halyard sheaves to allow fast sail changes and downwind sailing with twin genoas. Existing sails can be used after simple conventional adaptation.
  • The halyard is led through the sheave, returned and made fast to an eye on top of the drum. As there are no hanks, high halyard tension is not required and no halyard loads are applied to the mast.
  • No swivels are used. This eliminates the possibility of halyard wrap, which can produce a tourniquet effect, leading to forestay parting and mast collapse.


  • Alado furlers are designed for owner installation and uses the existing headstay without modification.
  • Load-distributing polypropylene bushings center the headstay to eliminate galvanic corrosion, friction, wear, and noise.
  • Polypropylene pins fix the bushings.
  • There are no screws and no glue necessary.


  • The heavily anodized, extruded marine aluminum alloy foils are furnished in 5' lengths.
  • Opposing sections dovetail into each other and overlap longitudinally forming a true aerodynamic profile with high torsional strength.
  • No screws, no glue.


  • To remove the risks of jamming and failure Alado furlers have minimized the number of moving parts and eliminated attachment points to the standing rigging.
  • Ball bearings and swivels subject to tension are not used.
  • The solid but open drum provides easy access to the furling line and revolves freely around the headstay.
  • The furling drum, sheave boxes and luff feeders are manufactured from cast aluminum alloy with the added protection of heavy anodization and thermo-electrostatic paint.

The Alado Furling and Reefing System presents many unique features others don't

 1. One of the outstanding features of our exclusive design is its amazingly easy installation. Our roller furling systems can be easily self-installed eliminating the high price cost of a professional rigger.

2. The Alado  Furler and Reefing System does not use swivels. Instead, it has its own sheaves in order to form a self-contained device that rotates like a solid piece with a minimum of moving parts.

3. There are several systems that claim to provide a good sail shape by means of swivels. Our viewpoint is that these swivels do not avoid the major central part of the sail (between the swivels) being reefed as one single piece of fabric. Furthermore, swivels and ball bearings do not improve a sail's shape. 

4. The use of swivels have been the cause of numerous rig failings and mast collapses in the past. When someone accidentally loosens the furling halyard then you have your halyard free to be wrapped around the forestay. This usually provokes the forestay rupture through a tourniquet effect. Also, suppose that later you decide to install a new headsail with a shorter luff. Then you have to remember to use a line between the head clew of the headsail and the swivel, just to be certain that the swivel is near
the top and the halyard is making a reasonable angle with the headstay in such a way as to minimize the halyard wrap possibilities. The Alado  roller furling system eliminates this problem by having the halyard sheaves, in the top foil terminal, rotating with the entire furling system. Therefore, with our system, this accident is impossible to occur.

5. The simple way the Alado  Furler and Reefing System  drum housing is prevented from rotating by using a short rope to tie the drum housing to a stanchion base, forestay deck fitting, cleat or a dead eye, provides the whole system with an ultimate safety feature against unexpected troubles.

Suppose the furler is working perfectly but someone leaves a stand-alone rope or a cleaning rag on the foredeck. There is a very real possibility that the loose piece might be dragged into the spool by the furling line and make the furling system stuck. Or suppose you are in a hurry and not able to take the slack out of the spool through the drum windows fast enough. By the way, that is the reason our drum has three large windows rather than only one small window like in other furlers. In either of these circumstances with the Alado  furling, all you have to do is loosen the short rope that ties the drum housing to the foredeck fitting and rotate everything together. The trouble is eliminated.

The Alado Furler and Reefing System was designed not to apply torques over the stay. That is the reason the Alado  drum housing is attached to the foredeck fitting rather than to the headstay, as usual in other systems.

6. The Alado Furler is designed to be installed on the existing forestay, and over the existing forestay bottom terminal (rigging screw, turnbuckle, etc.) No rigging modification is required.

7. The Alado Furler and Reefing System is projected to allow you to raise two headsails at the same time, and independently. That is another advantage of using two blocks in the top of the foils instead of a swivel system like most competitors.

8. Wing on Wing was never easier with our Double Luff Feed system. Using two identical head sails downwind sailing is easy.

Our quality, simplicity and value make Alado Furler and Reefing Systems the hallmark of roller furling systems.

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