Furling systems, since 1981
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2018-19:  HF Hydraulic range. IDXH Range for Gennakers and Code Zero furlers (In-deck version)


2018: Lorima, joins the Wichard Group. and then Peguet.


2018: New Clamps for Gennakers and Code Zero furlers : FRC


2018: HRC Mainsail Reefing locks


2017-18 : EC Electric (multi-motors) Motorization Range.

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2016 : New product : FXH, hydraulic Gennaker and Code zero furler


2015 : Ratchet system : locking both clockwise and anti-clockwise (Facnor Patent)


2014 : Facnor has developped a new sophisticated range of Gennaker / Code zero Furler : the FX+. with carbon housing (lighter), a new guide and new secured sail connexions.

2013 : Facnor and Sparcraft join Wichard Group

Facnor and Sparcraft companies are from now on company members of the Deck Développement holding that also owns Wichard Group and the trademarks Wichard and Profurl. Founded in 1919 and located in Thiers (France), Wichard company is a worldwide marine equipment manufacturer as well as a leading industrial player. The alliance is also a good news for the sailing users faithfull to the different trademarks that will keep existing.


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2010 / 2012 :  Webbing furling and reefing system :

FlatDeck is a powerful furling system fitted with a webbing. This great Facnor innovation offers safe and easy headsail furling: no reefing line overriding and an important torque. Overall, with the FD low profile drum, you benefit from a maximum luff !


Awards: The FlatDeck awarded by Sail Magazine and Segeln

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During 2011 Chicago Boat show, Facnor officially received the Pittman Award in the "Racing gear" category for the FlatDeck Jib Furler. Sail, an influential American magazine, awards the most innovative products available on the current marine market.


 The German magazine Segeln has presented to our agent, Carsten Burfeind, the 2012 Segeln Award, at "Düsseldorf Boot". This trophy rewards the FlatDeck furling system, winner in the « Sailing Equipment » category, and selected among nine products by the readers of the magazine.




The Asym-FX furler has been developed through Open 60 race technology. Asymmetric Spinnaker is safety and quickly pulled up, taken down and stored.



Facnor is nominated to the Dam design award at the Mets boat show. The design team has developed unique innovations in order to safety and quickly install the furler with a new guide / rubber ring concept.


2005 :  The LS LX RX Range of furlers

Like the Facnor carbon furling systems on board of J.L. Van Den Heede’s 80 footer, the Ls/Lx/Rx drum and swivel are fitted with a “bearing box”. This was tested over ocean races under loads up to 20 to 30 times higher than a 30ft cruising boat. Even under high halyard tension furling remains easy.


2003 FACNOR introduces a unique and modern design with this Continuous line headsail furler. This range of new products was developed from our experience designing continious line furlers for offshore racing teams. It provides for Maximum luff length with a large diameter drum for more turning Power.  


1998 Also, at the 1998 La Rochelle Boat Show, the complete FACNOR range of continuous line furling systems was awarded by the well-known «Innovation Award ».


1997  The north American subsidiary is born : CHARLESTON SPAR and is now located in Charlotte NC.


1996  JM DESPRES purchases the mast manufacturer SPARCRAFT (FRANCESPAR, ISOMAT, SOFERAC) located in LA ROCHELLE. This company is worldwide company well known for the quality of their products.



1993 FACNOR produces 6 models of genaker furlers. The genaker furler is the ideal partner for the jib furler to improve the performance of the sail boat in light airs.


1992  FACNOR designs it first range of track and ball bearing batten car systems called " FACSLIDE ".
FACNOR produces a very competitive product because of its simplicity of fitting and an excellent quality / price ratio.


1991 The jib furler SD range is created. This range includes electrical motorization for jib furlers. The range was originally dedicated to the boatbuilders market.


1987 FACNOR launches a new range of mainsail reefing systems. This wide range can directly suits any type of mast and leads FACNOR to the first place for mainsail reefing system. 


1985 A new range of jib furlers is born with the new telescopic tube concept (FACNOR PATENT). The fitting time is considerably reduced, because you do not need to cut one section or more to have the right length.


1980 Jean Michel DESPRES creates FACNOR, the first manufacturer of furlers which can be fitted without modifying or cutting the forestay.