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post #8 of Old 03-14-2004
kimberlite
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Furling Main Sails

I LOVE my main roller refing !
Amel has built over 700 50 foot offshore boats with in mast furling. We have backup systems for a non functioning reefing system, which we have never used.
I find it convenient that we can sail right up to a squall and furl at the last moment.
we can also furl on a moments notice without getting the crew out of our bunks.
you don''t have to go out of a safe cockpit in 40-50 knot winds to put the third reef in.The most important feature is that you can sail short handed- many couples sail their Amels all over the world. I would never have another boat without in mast furling.
fair winds
eric

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