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Pros & Cons: Mainsail furling booms
I installed a "HOOD Stoboom" system that''s unfortunately no longer available as "new" now, but mine was hardly used. I found this complete system 2nd hand for a fraction of the new cost, so I was happy.
(I initially ordered the new Profurl open boom system, but had some bizare trouble the West Australian distributer, so I had to forget that.)
I like in-boom roller systems because you can use a fully battened sail and trim it much like a "normal" set-up. .
I had some problems with the line-drive and setting the boom aligment, but all is now under control. But, don''t let a "clutsz" use it until instructed and trained..
I have added some sail-reinforcements and loops for a "3rd reef" if things get really hairy down here close to the "Roaring 40''s" .
I just love it when I can first furl the head-sail (from the cockpit...), press the Autopilot button and walk up on deck and roll the 350'' main-sail in about 20-40 seconds, all hidden in the boom .
Hard yacka, but easy now when I put the mainsail halyard on the Anderson winch REVERSED and a elastic cord as "friction brake". It gives the right tension and I can just crank like crazy.
Summary: This stuff is like most gear on a boat, only as god as the installation and the "set-up".
Fair sailing and let me hear what you think of your HOOD Stoboom system!