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post #8 of Old 08-04-2008
PalmettoSailor
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I'm considering the recently introduced Harken Cruising furler as a replacement of the Hood continous line furler that came on my Catalina 36.

From what I can gather, the "Cruising" unit is a no frills version, but offers the same design reliablity and ruggedness of the MkIV. The difference between the units seems to be the crusing version lacks features that racers would use like the removeable drum for full hoist sails and it comes with a single groove round extrusion vs. the aero shaped 2 groove extrusion of the Mk IV. The price difference is about $800. I can't see the above features adding that much value for our use, but if there are any signficant internal design differences it might be worth opting for the Mk IV.

Anyone know anything about this new offering from Harken?

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