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Re: Add Roller Furling: Cost estimates
1. Yes, if you're good at following directions and are good with basic tools, allen keys, plyers, screwdrivers, etc. you should be fine.
2. They work just fine. I think everyone has a preference but if properly maintained (nothing on a boat is maintenance free) then all types should work.
3. Is it a complete recut or just putting on a luff tape? Adding foam? This could vary widely but go with a trusted local sailmaker who will come out on your boat and look at the sail after it's cut. You'll pay upfront, but customer support later on is very important.
My wild a$$ guess is around $4-500 without adding foam. 200 of that will probably be in labor for the luff tape.
Be absolutely positive you want roller furling. A 28 footer is pretty managable with a simple down haul on a 130. A 150-170 headsail becomes a bigger problem.
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