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I'm in my second summer with a Catalina 310 with in-mast furling. I wasn't looking for it, it was one of the features that came with the boat!

I do approx 75% of my sailing single handed and find it convenient furling and reefing from the cockpit. I actually really like being able to reef the mainsail on the fly!

I'm sure I loose performance, but I just want to go sailing on Lake Ontario and leave my worries behind for a little while!

Would I take it on an extended ocean cruise? Hmmmm, good question.

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Just something to consider. The stitching on the sail could be chafed by where it enters the mast, when sailing with the sail partially furled... and if the stitching damage contributed to the sail blowing out...it would be a serious strike against in-mast furling IMHO.

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Because you lose a lot of performance with in-mast furler, Suppose you lose a half to full knot
I agree with a lot of what you say, but that statement I don't believe is accurate. A couple of tenths of a knot or perhaps a half, but not a full knot.

And, now they are making Furling Mains that do have some roach in them with vertical battens.

I am no way saying that they are for everybody,but for general cruising, they are a nice convienience.

Again, I ask the question, to all of the people here that are on the negative side who are knocking them, have you ever sailed on a cruising boat with one? Have you ever experienced sailing one or are you knocking them with out any first hand actual experience?

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Just something to consider. The stitching on the sail could be chafed by where it enters the mast, when sailing with the sail partially furled... and if the stitching damage contributed to the sail blowing out...it would be a serious strike against in-mast furling IMHO.
Well, I figure we got eight years out of her instead of maybe ten.
I don't know??

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I've sailed on boats with them and had to fix them... does that count???

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Of course it does, just seems that a lot of the negative comments are coming for people who have never actually tried using one.

All of the cruisers, who sail with them on a regular basis, seem to like the convieniences and ease that they add to their experince.

Some might even say that it gets them more time on the water because of the ease in which it is to actually go sailing. Try flaking a main sail by yourself. It ain't gonna happen.

BTW, are we done yet?

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SD and midlife- Thanks for clearing that up. So a headsail properly designed for RF use would be, much or marginally better than a hank-on headsail adapted for RF use? I ask because I've looked at older boats that have been converted to RF and have had the sail modified. One of those was a 25' Catalina with 150% genoa converted to RF.

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Yes, IMHO, a sail designed specifically for roller furling will generally be a bit better in terms of performance both reefed and unreefed than a hanked-on sail that was adapted to a roller furling unit.

TJK—

In terms of full disclosure, most of the in-mast furling units I've dealt with were older ones, and the newer ones may be somewhat better and more reliable, less finicky... don't know since I don't own one...nor normally do I sail on boats that have them.

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When you talk about wear and tear on a mainsail, I have often wondered if just the act of flaking the sail on the boom contributes to ware and to what degree. We always can't make the perfect flake and if we do were folding on the same spot and the sail ties can be often to tight. That has to breaking threads in the sail. I would venture that rolling furler may in fact be less abusive on the sail than flaking it on the boom. I don't know for sure and only time will tell.

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mainsail furling

While I haven't CRUISED w/ a boat so equipped... the Lippincott 30 my club sold last year had a behind the mast vertical furler. I found this beneficial only in that in strong winds (22,23 knots +) it made it easy to reef. I took out a lady friend one blustery day and felt comfortable knowing I could set whatever amount of sail area was appropriate for the conditions (which got worse!) and still maintain control of the boat. I would NOT have taken one of our other boats out on that particular day.

That said, I personally dislike the mast furling for all the reasons stated by previous posters. Weight, looks, efficiency, etc.

This same boat was NOT a fun boat to sail in light air and I'm convinced the reason is the inefficiency of the air flow and reduced sail area.

I don't mind furling headsails but I remain a bit of a traditionalist. Same w/ GPS and autopilot; they have their place but to rely on them 95% of the time means your HEAD and other senses aren't where they need to be.

And if I have to give up sailing one or two times a season b/c my seamanship skills tell me not to take a traditionally reefed boat out... so be it.

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