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Re: Another noob question jib and roller furling
Hank on sails are great. They are my preference on boats up to around 30'. They take a little more time to put away at the end of the day, but they allow you to pick the right sail for the wind conditions. You can find used ones in excellent condition for low prices because so many people upgrade to roller furling. On a smaller boat the sails are easy to handle.
Adding roller furling to a 25' boat is about $2500 for a good furler unit (like the Harken Mark IV) and a new sail. Converting old sails is rarely worth it. You can do it more cheaply with a lower end furler like the ones from CDI, but they don't work very well.
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