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post #42 of Old 07-03-2007
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Just remember, in the evolution of sailboat technology, there are often dead ends... and I think that in-mast furling is one that will become a dead end. For a system to really take off, it has to have such clearly superior advantages over the existing technology—without adding any glaring deficiencies. Roller furling for head sails has reached this point. I don't think roller furling for mainsails, especially in-mast or vertical roller furling is ever going to do that.

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