Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: Nautical Developement Offshore 40 In-Mast Furler
Brent, I wonder if the boat in question is at Bristol or other boat with a Hood furler? Ours does howl with a wind coming on either stern quarter, say a broad reach rather than a run. When we bought Ainia it came with a 'flute-stopper' which the was brand new since the PO kept the boat on a mooring and was rarerly if ever pointed in the wrong direction. We were on a dock in NYC and quickly learned how valuable the flute stopper is. Quite a simple device really. It is a piece of Dacron sailcloth about six inches wide with large, flat 'buttons' pop-riveted to the cloth about every three feet. At top and bottom there is a grommet. You position the thing with the cloth edges inside the main slot and the buttons outside and hoist it up the mast above the furled sailed. We use a light masthead burgee halyard to hoist since there is no load to worry about. Bottom of the stopper ties to a mast cleat. You have to be able to get above the furled sail conveniently to do this. Our boom is quite big and flat on top so it is easy to stand on it and you have two hands free to work. Once you gat the hang of it, it takes about five minutes to put up and 30 seconds to take down. We only use it at a dock if the winds are the wrong direction or we are leaving the boat for a time.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.