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Why are we getting rid of our roller furling?
Cost. I would prefer to have one but I would rather spend the money on things we need. It's on the "want list" not the "need list" in other words.
I can also see the pros of not having one, especially in our situation. First, we are a large and young crew. I realize that doesn't make going forward in a large sea safe but I think it lowers the risks. Second, Our sails are not designed to sail "reefed" on a furler, they just don't sit right when partly furled and adding foam or recutting or both is again, getting expensive. So, if the wind picks up we have to go forward anyway. Third, ever had a furler get stuck with one wrap on so you can't drop the sail and you can't furl it furter either?....Me niether but if a squal was coming I would have to say that for lack of a better word, that would suck. I know it's not a huge worry but I thought I'd mention it. So to recap it's really cost, and the incompatibility of our sails.
As for the backstay insulators. Well, from the reading I've done it sounds as if good quality insulators are no longer a weak point although they have a shorter life span. I'm open to suggestions for alternatives.
p.s. I'm always open to critics. That's why I post. If it seems weird to you than maybe I'm missing something.