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Originally Posted by BarryL
PRO for Stack Pack:
-Can be installed on any traditional mainsail
-Relatively cheap to install
-No sail cover to remove and install
CON for StackPack
-Sail cover is always 'on' so some lose of performance under sail?
-Can be difficult to reach the top of the cover to close
PRO for in boom
-Allows full batton, full roach main
-Easy to reef
-East to stow sail - no sail cover required
CON for in boom
-More difficult to raise main - additional drag of furliing gear
Personally, I have never used an in boom furler but the concept sounds great to me, as long as someone else pays for it.
I pretty much agree with Barry, but want to add a couple of comments with regard to my specific solution which is the "MackPack" from Mack sails.
Their design is less expensive than the Doyle system and is independent of the sail. My understanding is the Doyle bag is sewn to the foot of the sail while the MackPack simply attaches to the boom via sail slides.
The design of the Mack Pack lazy jacks allows for them to be lowered out of the way with the bag stowed alongside the boom, so the sail would be completely unimpeded. For typical bay sailing you probably would just leave them up, but for racing or long passages, it would make sense to stow them for several reasons including eliminating chafe, minimizing any possible performance loss and simplifying access for reefing.
I installed the MackPack at the start of this season and am very happy with them. They eliminate what used to be a major wrestling match for both my wife and I and made it pretty much a one person operation. I find I'm much more willing to raise the mainsail, knowing that even if things start getting rough I can get the sail down in a hurry and stow it later if I have to.
I do agree that the top of the sail is fairly high and its a challenge for my wife to attach/detach the halyard so its usually me doing that task now.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36