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post #5 of Old 07-25-2008
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Ouch. Another reason to avoid buying a roller-furler main. We moored near one this past week and were bothered by the whistling (howling?) noise that the extra-wide slot makes in any kind of breeze. Rigging a Dutchman or Lazy-Jack system would be less prone to mechanical failure, and would also allow for a sail that would set and perform better. I raced a boat with an in-mast roller-furler main for 635 miles (Newport-Bermuda) and by fussing with it constantly we were able to have it set properly for the wind speed and angle for about a half hour over the entire trip. Perhaps this is God's way of telling you to rethink your mainsail handling system.
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