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post #12 of Old 08-08-2010
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I have in-boom furling from John Mast with a fully battened mainsail.
  • Easy for single-handed sailing
  • Can reef any amount of sail
  • Additional weight is kept low (unlike in-mast systems)
  • The sail is always rolled away in the protective boom (my main is 8 years old and looks like new) it makes the boom rather hefty for my small boat
  • I can (just) raise the main if not into wind, but usually I point up to make it easier
  • It runs smoothly if I spray sailcote on the track once a year and replace the halyards and downhaul every 2-3 years (like this I can drop the sail very quickly)
  • The sail shape is ideal, unlike in-mast reefing

The system was on the boat when I bought it, otherwise I would not have fitted it - it's very expensive.

All in all, it's much better than in-mast reefing and a little better than lazy jacks
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