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Adding A Furling Main To A 310?

We are close to buying a 2001 310 (please don't hate me...for the 2 of
us the layout fits our needs!!)...it has ALL the features added as
extras we would ever need (auto helm, Air Conditioning, instrumentation,
lexan doors etc) but it does NOT have inmast main furling. I
realize this may be an incredibly redicously expensive stupid idea but would
there be a way to switch out the mast and sail out on that 2001 to a
roller furling one? I could include the cost in the purchase
price and have the dealer do the installation but I'd need to know
fast...questions---

1)would a stock Catalina roller furling mast/sail for a current model
309 work on a 2001 310?

2) Would it need new shrouds?

3) would there be any market for the current (like new) 2001 mast
and fully battened main? (the sail literally is new...previous owner
used a different sail)

4) might there be anyone (like a 309 owner) that would prefer to not have a roller furling main and would want to swap me their roller furling
mast/sail for my full batten main and it's mast?

Thanks much in advance for any suggestions!!

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Grapevine TX
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We are close to buying a 2001 310 (please don't hate me...for the 2 of
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Why would we hate on you?

I love our in mast furler for the convineniences it provides.
But, If I had a clasic main, I would not go through the expense of converting it. I would go with lazy jacks, a stac-pac, or dutchman system rather than getting a new mast a furling unit.

The route your looking at has got to be very expensive.
If you have not already bought the boat, and you are dead set on having in mast Furling, you might want to pass on this one and find one that has what you are looking for.

Would it not be more benificial to find a boat with the furling and than add some of the other stuff, like electronics. I would think that would be a better purchase.

I have no idea what the final price would be for a new mast.
Have you contacted Charleston Spar?
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We have a full main on our Hunter 410. A Dutchman system plus a strong track were added to provide sail handling help. All reefing lines are led aft to the cockpit. The strong track allows the main to drop smoothly. With this arrangement, the main can be reefed under almost any point of sail. Note that some in-mast furling systems require the boat to be on starboard tack about 35 degrees into the wind -- means you cannot always just reef if you are on a broad reach. We like the arrangement as described and it would be a whole lot less expensive than replacing the entire mast. Best sailing whatever you choose.
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I would look into a boom furler and inquire if your existing main could be re-cut to work with one. Try Shaeffer and Leisure furl.

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Those are some great tips, thanks very much! Interesting about not being able to reef at certain angles of sail with an inmast furler..and I don't know if this is true on current in mast furlers but the one I sailed in Tampa Bay on a 44 Beneteau was not that easy to reel in...maybe stick with what this boat has and even consider the Harken track idea..thanks again!
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I have a 350 With Furling Main

I have the Charleston Spar furling main on my 350 and it works well, but if I could do it over again I'd get a fully battened main with slider cars and a dutchman flaking system. And I sail singlehanded all the time! The roller-furling systems give you small, poorly shaped sails, and aren't that much easier to manage than the latest fully battened car systems.

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