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post #2 of Old 02-04-2001
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I have one on order for a new Taswell 44AS to be installed next month by Atlantic Spars in Annapolis. Two sister ships have had same rig. The first did not install an electric main halyard winch - a mistake. The weight of the sail + the resistance from the bolt rope was excessive. I was in New Zealand last year and spoke to a number of owners with the Leisure Furl and all were happy with it. There is a learning curve, but one owner who has had the boom for over a year here in Florida does not regret the expense. I like the advantage of bringing the weight down as the sail is reefed and the fact that unlike an in-the-mast system, you can always get the sail down even if the system jams. Additionally , the sail track is available for a storm tri-sail if needed.
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