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No...bought the boat with in-mast and have always sailed boats with battened mains. For me it's totally a performance thing despite the extra hassle. I sailed a similar boat recently with a new lazy-jack system and fully-battened main and it performed so much better....
That's the thing though, you aren't going to get that same kind of performance with the furling mast converted. Weight aloft matters, and you'll be carrying a bunch of it that the other boat wasn't.

Another question regarding your reasons.....have you sailed the new boat much yet? Enough to really know what it will do?

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Have you talked to the company that built your mast or your boat? Also you might want to consult with a good marine architect. I know nothing of in mast furling systems but the company that built the mast does, and they may be able to offer you an alternative to replacement.

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I do not have your boat... but: My boat has in-mast. Just to port of that is another "standard" track running up the stick. Do you have an extra track? If so, all you have to do is run another main halyard... if you do not already have one.

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CD, that is very curious. You have the track and furler main??

That is cool, can you please take a photo and send me?? Never seen those.

Just curiosity.
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The Catalina 400 Mk2s and some 42s with furling mains have that exact spar (with the separate track). Probaly lots more.
Since you'll have to unstep the mast for re-rigging the track and new sail hardware, you could simply remove the foil and hardware to minimize weight aloft and use your existing mast
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http://www.charleston-spar.com/us/ma...&f=2,78,,172,a

There is a link to Chaleston Spar, they show cross sections on the left. You can see the main section where the roller comes out, then on the left the secondary track.
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Ahh

That is weird.

That site is SPARCRAFT, the makers of my mast!!! from France.

They are called Charleston Spar in the USA. Small world!!
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I would like to make a correction on my precious statement: You "Can" use the track next to the furler, but it is really intended for a storm sail/trysail versus the constant wear/tear of a full main.

THis is per Charleston Spar.

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sparcraft and charleston...

I have a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 51 with a French built in mast furling Sparcraft mast. I was told that sparcraft went out of business and Charleston Spar bought a lot of Sparcrafts inventory. i bought from Charleston spar a much needed furling base that connects the furling shaft/extrusions to the furler below it as mine was chewed up. i forget if they are in north or South Carolina...i think south for the city of "Charleston???? Very helpful and fast shipping and super reasonable pricing. They even sent me , upon request, original text/catalog pages of all the parts for Sparcraft mast and boom fittings etc. if your boat is french, and on the older side...mine is a 91) and you need parts...try them first.
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Sparcraft OWNS Charleston Spars...
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