I've been on 4 charters now--3 with The Moorings (BVIx2 and Abacos) and 1 with TMM (Grenadines). All 4 had stack-packs. Of the 4, only 1 would drop all the way into the lazy-bag head-to-wind without someone going forward to pull down the last third or so.
Basically, you can expect a stack-pack, or maybe even roller furling. But, with the economy of the last few years, what you can't expect is good maintenance. (Don't get me wrong--most were great boats in relatively good shape. But this particular item seems to be a maintenance problem)
And as annoying as a poorly maintained classic main/stack pack may be, I can only imagine a poorly maintained roller-furling main would be like. (Full disclosure--_my_ boat has a furling main. It's great if you are used to it, but I can't imagine a typical charter captain failing to FUBAR it.)
s/v Dancing Days
Lewisville Lake, TX
Last edited by bacampbe; 10-08-2011 at 01:45 AM.
Reason: Original was harsher than intended--I actually like both TMM and The Moorings