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Amel vs others
Personally there is no way in hell that I would buy a boat that used electric furling for shorthanded offshore use, especially when taking about an electric in-mast mainsail furling system.
There was a prior discussion on these systems, but from discussing in-mast furling with knowledgeable delivery skippers each had a tale of one of these systems failing in serious conditions. Its one thing for an in-mast furler to fail when there is a good sized experienced crew aboard who can wrestle with the problem, but it is entirely another problem when you are shorthanded.
To me, a company that truly cared about safety would not depend on an electic furling system as its standard equipment. It would offer a more reliable set-up as standard and offer the furlers as an option for those that were planning to sail with larger crews and in protected conditions.