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Furlers can come with two slots, just like a tuff-luff, though not all do. When you''re racing, you remove the drum and line that rolls the furler, so that the sails can be changed as needed. (Not all furlers allow you to do this.) Once the drum''s off, it''s the same procedure as with tuff-luff when you change sails. When you''re done racing, you hoist the sail you want, slap the drum back on, and roll it up. While it might be possible to sail with two jibs up at the same time with both setups, I would''nt want to do that with my tuff-luff. Others may not mind. To work in a furler or a tuff-luff, sails have to have the "tape" along their luff that JeffH referred to above. Essentially it''s a flap of cloth sewn to the sail that holds a line which slides up the slot and keeps the sail attached to the forestay. This may have to be added to your sails if you''ve been using hanks up to now. With a tuff-luff, this would not entail re-cuttting the sails, however. Tuff-luff is simply another way of holding the jib to the forestay. A furler, because it is usually mounted about a foot off the deck, probably will require that any sail you want to use with it be re-cut because of the roller-furler drum. (Sails that you would only use racing would probably not need re-cutting because you''d only use them after you had removed the drum for racing. ) Tuff-Luffs are mounted on the forestay, but I don''t know if they''re a self-install item.