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post #31 of 35 Old 02-08-2008
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Plump- Ok now I understand what you are getting at. I don't agree, but understand what you are saying. I've never heard any accounts of boats that were even so much as knocked down because they had a furled headsail still on in heavy weather.
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I have been lucky or unlucky enough to have been knocked down a few times over the years. Not fun! Each time I was knocked down I was on boats with head sails rolled up or just a sliver of it out for balancing the helm in heavy winds and seas.

Each and every time was the result of falling off a wave or bottoming out in the trough and then having the wave knock us down. While the wind can do it, if over canvased, it was not the power of the wind or the windage knocking us flat or to the spreaders. In fact I've never been under bare poles and had the wind knock the boat down even on boats with mast mounted radars and dual head sails on furlers.

In every severe weather knockdown I've encountered the boats popped right back up within 15 seconds or less even with all the weight aloft of wet furled sails and a furler.

Contrast that with bay broaches/knockdowns I've encountered, in flat conditions but high wind under spinnaker, with tender racing boats and even with a big wet chute draped in the water these racing boats still pop back up no problem...


Again the OP should try the furler first before dumping it. Besides dumping it will most likely require a new head stay and a sail conversion to hanks $$..

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Furler’s are here to stay. They have proven to be reliable and work for racing and cruising. If buying a second hand boat without a furling headsail, I would adjust my offer, to allow for the purchas of a furler unit and new sail. I don't think I am alone on this.

As to Cam's comments he should know....HE'S GOT FOUR (4) OF THEM.

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There is a direct link between this thread and the "Sensible Cruising" thread. I just wouldn't spend the money to change the boat one way or the other if everything was working fine. I'd just go sailing.

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It's like going from a stick shift car to an automatic.

Oh Geeze, here I thought going from Automatic to a Stick shift was the way to go!

Course it helps if you're driving THIS....
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Furled sails do suffer from a compromised shape. Furlex and Harken have "one free turn" on drum to help combat this, also a foam or similar aeroluff can help. Nonetheless most of the trouble I've seen with furler operation were due to:
1)improper installation leading to halyard wrap
2)improper use leading to halyard wrap (they're not goof proof)
3)just plain old and worn out
4)lousy product, not so common anymore
5)lack of maintenance
6)wrong size, put together wrong, forestay to slack
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