Re: 1990s boom furling mains
Originally Posted by CaptainForce
My 70's reefing system doesn't involve any aspect of the gooseneck. The boom doesn't rotate freely, but only with the application of a crank handle to move a pinion gear that rotates the boom and the mainsail then wraps around the outside of the boom. As I said, I don't use this system and I don't favor the resulting sail shape. If the 90's version topic of this post is an inside the boom furling, it's a far different mechanism and likely a great improvement.
Aha ... mine was obviously more of an old clunker than yours. Presuming it went onto the boat when she was built then it was more 60s than 70s. Had no ratchet or gears. From memory cos I only used the accursed thing on a couple of occasions before I rid myself of it, it spun freely. The gooseneck fitting itself was showing signs of wear and tear so I simply took the opportunity to replace it.
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