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post #5 of Old 09-09-2006
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I have a boom furling main and would never go back. Far more common is the in-mast version which has some drawbacks for bluewater cruising and racing. Nevertheless...the popularity of in-mast seems to indicate that for most casual sailors this is a most desireable feature and I too do not know anyone who would trade theirs for a stack pack or something similar. There are newer versions out that handle vertical battens which help sail shape a lot for those who want to squeeze out another 1/2 knot.
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