Originally Posted by malyea
Great info, thanks -
Do you agree with this statement -
for every 10,000 sea miles an in mast system will malfunction more often than slab reefing...
I think the potential for inmast to jam is higher than with slab reefing... even in ONE nm. Doesn't mean you will jam it in 10,000 though... or 1,000,000. The key is understanding the system, how to use it, and what not to do. For example, one critical mistake I often see people use with inmast is reefing or furling with a winch. Why on earth would you put that much force on it!??? Our rule is everything is done by hand. If it cannot go back in by hand, we have an issue somewhere - typically the Boom Vang or Mainsheet is too tight. Inmasts go into the slot at an angle, not horizontal, so you have to give the boom some freedom. Also, keeping some McLube on the track never hurts. The exception is the last foot or so when furling out the main. That takes a winch to pull out the car as the forces are too high unless in light winds. If you want more information on this, I wrote a lengthy article on this in Mainsheet. I think it was q3 of last year, tech editor, C400.
Now, back to the question: for every 10,000 sea miles an in mast system will malfunction more often than slab reefing...
As said above, I think the potential is higher for a jam... but I would balance that with I think the potential for being injured or lost at sea is higher with a traditional main... especially for those who single.