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Info on Experience with Roller Furling

I have a Catalina 27 (#4221) and plan on adding a furler.

Could I get some opinions from those of you who traded in your hanks for rolls?

What kind did you get, why did you get it (harken, CDI, etc...) and how much did you pay for the conversion?

Most importantly, how satisfied are you with it? Will it reef adequately for you?

My primary reasons for going to a furler are ease of use and the ability to reef quickly in the face of a thunderstorms (get some nasty ones here in Central Texas).

Thanks for your time!

Rob
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pro-furl was used on all boats finishing the whitbread.
good enough for me.
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My recently acquired new sailboat (26'')came with a Harken unit. Don''t know the price since it came as part of the standard gear. It should be pretty easy to call around and find out the prices for the different units. I was going to upgrade my previous boat''s old furler, so I did some research but then sold the boat. One thing to consider is whether you want a rigid system (like my Harken and most others)or a flexible system like the CDI. I like the Harken furler, but I think it would be nice to have a flexible system made of PVC. I live up north where you have to take the boat out of the water every winter and I have the mast taken down to store inside. I just hope that one year the yard does not bend or break the furler. You have to be careful with them. The CDI system though has a lifetime warranty on the system even if it''s run over by a vehicle at the yard--pretty incredible!! Also installation is easier with the CDI--it can be put on right over the headstay with the mast up in 30 minutes. With the rigid systems you have to take the mast down. Also, the CDI system costs much less than the others when I research it. I personally would go with the CDI. One other thing of note. Last year when I had my old sailboat, whenever I had a chance I''d talk to people at the dock about their furler system--everyone liked the system they had. I didn''t hear one complaint!! My impression is that most systems out there work pretty well. Good luck.
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Rob:

I too think this is one of those areas where the marketplace has worked well for the consumer, and that you can pick between 4 or 5 systems and be pleased, assuming proper installation. But I''d caution you to think the roller furling system is by itself going to give you a good reefed headsail; even small reefs can produce lousy sail shape without a sail properly built, leads changed, and the boat being able to handle the increased lee helm.

Eric''s point about Profurl was hard for me to ignore, and we did end up with a Profurl because we wanted the robust construction for sailing in the Caribbean, and because they''d just improved the internal rollers that surround the headstay. Another plus is that many riggers are familiar with the unit. I passed on Furlex 4 years ago because it wasn''t quite as ruggedly constructed, but their new design is far better and I''d seriously consider that on the next boat.

Good luck & enjoy shopping!

Jack
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I have owned two boats that had Harken units pre-installed. With the exception of the occasional flushing of the bearings (accomplished with a garden hose) I''ve not had any significant problems. However, I did not respond to tout the virtues of the Harken furlers.

When the velocity of the wind increases to the point that a sail area reduction is necessary to keep the boat "on its feet", perfect aerodynamic shape should not be of critical importance. What is important is that you continue to move the jib lead car forward to maintain the correct lead or sheeting angle for the amount of sail you do have exposed. Too much lip service is given to the "perfect shape" when head sails are partially furled. If a quick reduction in sail area is desired to thwart a knock down during t-storms, then it sounds as if you''re on the right track. My advice is not to get your shorts in a knot about sail shape. Carpe Diem dude!
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