Originally Posted by bosn181
By the way I am a sailor. I have enjoyed all the valid points, just think the constructive criticism on this topic was being lost.
You're not trying to bring rationality into a religious discussion are you?
I recently moved to a boat with a furling main. I do miss the sail shape of even the old, blown out main on my last boat. I love the convenience and we sail more than we used to. For how I use the boat, and where we sail, in-mast furling is wonderful. If I lived elsewhere, raced again, did blue-water cruising, I would not only use a different system but would have a different boat.
I'm sold on in-mast and will never go back unless there is a better solution for my needs developed.