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New X-46 -- New Intro -- First Questions

If you''ve put down your deposit, Niels Jepsen should be able to tell you the difference in weight and performance between the carbon and the standard mast. Roller-boom furling can seem simple, but try it when the loads on the sail aren''t even, and one end bunches up a bit more than the other. Then the battens start getting wrapped into corkscrews that poke holes in the sail and rip the batten pockets. Then when you go to hoist, the protruding, twisted batten gets caught in the boom slot so you can''t hoist without entirely destroying the batten pockets and probably ripping the sail to shreds as well. Unless the batten breaks first, and the jagged end pokes through several layers of sailcloth as your electric winch grinds onwards. Of course this has never happened to anyone the salesman has ever heard of, so it couldn''t possibly hapen to you.... IMHO the slab reefing is safer, faster, and you can still use the electric winch to do it if needed. The sailmaker, knowing that the sail will be reefed to certain points, not furled to anywhere along its hoist, will be able to build a better performing sail with reinforcements in the right places so it will last longer as well. Lazyjacks, or even better, the Dutchman system, can be used to keep the sail on the boom when you''re shorthanded. You may also be surprised how quickly your crew becomes helpful when there is something useful for them to do on board.
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