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Perhaps from French ferler from Old French ferlier to fasten ferm firm firm1 lier to bind (from Latin ligāre leig- in Indo-European roots)
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Alan decided to furl the genoa and hoist the blade jib.
Still, O bird, O sightless bird, Not yet, not yet the time to furl your wings.
Quickly the crew furl the damaged sail and concentrate on getting us into the dinghy to start the Mull run.
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