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post #14 of Old 11-14-2009
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The main issues with in-mast furling, which has gotten a lot better, are additional weight aloft, lack of roach on the mainsail, and the serious problems that can result if it does jam.

With in-boom furling, you can still drop the mainsail if the system jams, and then lash it to the boom. If an in-mast furling setup jams, you're basically screwed.

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