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Pages and pages have been written on this subject. You can do some searching if you are truly interested.
There are many advantages of furling mains (both 'in boom' and 'in mast') including:
- Ease of 'raising' the sail (for in mast) because you don't need to jump or grind the halyard
- Ease of lowering the main
- No sail cover to pun on / take off
- Easy to reef
- Infinite amount of reefing
Of course there are also disadvantages:
- decreased sail performance (the sail is usually smaller and doesn't have battens although there are exceptions to this)
- risk of jam
- higher cost
- more weight
It seems that more and more boats have furlign mains. I don't know if this is because people are getting more lazy, older and weaker, want less hassle, or ?
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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