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For me the choice was very easy as I was able to see them side by side and all the Parts and pieces.
#1 The MK-IV has four more races of Torlon bearings that never need lubrication than does the Cruising.
#2 The MK-IV has unique independent upper & lower swivels. These swivels allow the head and tack to lag behind foil and allows the center of the sail to furl first for a much better reefed shape. With two extra rows of Torlon bearings in both the upper and lower drums that support this feature the sails furl easily even under load. That helps aid in a better sail shape when reefed and it WORKS! This is worth EVERY penny!!
#3 The adjustment factor is a BIG plus!
Is this stuff worth $397.00 more to you at MAP? I don't know but I gladly would have paid it and I did..
Pricing on a Unit 1, at MAP (minimum advertised price), shows a $397.00 difference between the MK-IV and the Cruising Furler. You DO NOT need a Unit 2 and a Unit 1 is more than enough for a C-36. I am running a Unit 1 on a 17,500+/- pound 36 footer with a 150 and it performs absolutely flawlessly and I've sailed her reefed in 40+ a fair number of times..
If you are being quoted an $800.00 difference your guy with the "good reputation" may not be treating you totally straight. Even the MAP difference between Unit 2's is only $615.00 not $800.00. There is ALWAYS more room than MAP pricing too. This is an EASY install and perhaps you may want to consider doing it your self to save some cake..
Using the "add to cart" option at PYacht, a reputable on-line retailer, the pricing is as follows;
MK-IV Unit 1 = $1359.89
Cruising Unit 1 = $1066.41
Difference = $293.48 (this is a far cry from $800.00)
MK-IV Unit 2 = $1965.60
Cruising Unit 2 = $1517.88
Difference = $447.72 (still a long way from $800.00)
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 08-05-2008 at 12:18 PM.