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capttb 01-29-2014 08:51 PM

Leisure furl boom
Starting to look at late model 35-37 ft. boats, most have in-mast furling mains. One Catalina 36 has a leisure furl boom. I see them on a lot of larger custom boats. I've watched their video enough times that I'm starting to believe it. Who doesn't like theirs ? Does it work as advertised ?

outbound 01-30-2014 07:59 AM

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Only issues are
Need to get angle just right to work
Need to totally unload main and head up to work
If your halyard breaks you have a whole lot of loose mainsail on your deck
Difficult if not impossible to do any shaping of sail once reefed.

jsaronson 01-30-2014 09:45 AM

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Better sail shape than in mast systems!

outbound 01-30-2014 09:56 AM

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Personally think in mast is just plain dangerous
More weight aloft
If jams and in a blow you're screwed. Can't get it in or out. More important to get any sail down.
Disagree about shaping. Lose shape even with vertical battens but always have an " out haul" function". Still,lose halyard tension control.

bobperry 01-30-2014 10:12 AM

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Check out Schaefer's version. Everyone I have talked to who uses it loves it.

IStream 01-30-2014 10:27 AM

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Bad link, Bob. I think you meant this one:

Schaefer Marine - Boom Furlers

tommays 01-31-2014 06:03 PM

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Total Chaos 01-31-2014 06:28 PM

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We have Leisure Furl in boom on both main and mizzen... they are awesome, take a little getting used to though. Unlimited reef points, no safety issues with dousing sail, good sail shape, they actually make the whole rig stronger because of the gooseneck. Will never go back. Downside... well we could have bought a second nice smaller boat for the money spent.

Markwesti 01-31-2014 08:58 PM

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Hey tb I'm going to give you some info here even though you have posted snarkey to me in the past . I have sailed on Leisure Furl boats . Five people I know have them , one guy could not get his to work and he went back to the original set up from Catalina, he has a 32'. The other guys like theirs but have trouble ,like can't get it to reef right the first time . So you ,I would say practice with it . Also everybody got his with one of those electric winch grinders , that's a nice piece of equipment , keep it charged up .

Total Chaos 01-31-2014 09:36 PM

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It does take some practice, but is simple enough. I have no idea why anyone couldn't get it to work?? Can't say that we've had any problems and we have two of them LOL.

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