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Old 07-20-2013
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Wailing Banshee

So we were sailing SW from St. George's, Grenada on a broad reach, about 120 degrees, for Pt. Saline. Our roller furling mast was wailing like a Banshee and though it didn't really bother me for a few minutes, I wondered what it would be like for days at a time?
Doing a crossing on a broad reach is every cruiser's dream, but with a wailing Banshee along for the ride I doubt it would be a lot of fun.
Has anyone else had that problem with their roller furling mast and has anyone come up with a solution?
We have a great system made from industrial belts that works perfectly when we are in a marina, but it only works when the sail is rolled up or off the boat.
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Re: Wailing Banshee

We have sailed many thousands of miles on broad reaches of every description and never had a problem with this. At a dock is something else again, there the moaning starts with the wrong wind direction. We wondered why it never happens when sailing. Perhaps something to do with tension on the outhaul?
Finished the circumnavigation in early February in Grenada. Have to work on a book project for the next several months so the boat will be waiting for next year.
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