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My thinking of the whole mast furling thing changed in last weeks 190 Around Long Island Race



We start at 5:20 PM Thursday and sail off into the night towards Montalk with the other 35' Spinnaker boats and are normal assortment of 50 lines in the cockpit and 12 sail changes over the next 24 hours till we Pass plum-gut and head west on Long Island Sound

So there was the normal wind/no-wind and what pulls up on and easy reaching leg 100 miles later a Catalina 445 with roller everything in the cruise division

And i gotta say the new furling mains look pretty dam good
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I have in-boom furling from John Mast with a fully battened mainsail.
  • Easy for single-handed sailing
  • Can reef any amount of sail
  • Additional weight is kept low (unlike in-mast systems)
  • The sail is always rolled away in the protective boom (my main is 8 years old and looks like new) it makes the boom rather hefty for my small boat
  • I can (just) raise the main if not into wind, but usually I point up to make it easier
  • It runs smoothly if I spray sailcote on the track once a year and replace the halyards and downhaul every 2-3 years (like this I can drop the sail very quickly)
  • The sail shape is ideal, unlike in-mast reefing

The system was on the boat when I bought it, otherwise I would not have fitted it - it's very expensive.


All in all, it's much better than in-mast reefing and a little better than lazy jacks
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OK guys, I'm thinking in-boom furling would make sailing a lot more fun for me. Taking down and flaking the main is a major pain in the butt. I hate running up my main because I know I have to take it down again and it's not fun.
What would a ball-park figure be to add in-boom furling to my Catalina 34? Any thoughts on different brands? How will it affect re-sale?
Can I re-fit and use my current main sail or do I have to buy new?
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OK guys, I'm thinking in-boom furling would make sailing a lot more fun for me. Taking down and flaking the main is a major pain in the butt. I hate running up my main because I know I have to take it down again and it's not fun.
What would a ball-park figure be to add in-boom furling to my Catalina 34? Any thoughts on different brands? How will it affect re-sale?
Can I re-fit and use my current main sail or do I have to buy new?
You are fortunate as your main isn't that large so you might be able to get away with a smaller boom package but expect to pay close to $10,000 for anything worth having. That price will probably include a std dacron mainsail.
Resale value might be minimally increased but never to the cost of the new boom.
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I asked this question over on the Catalina 34 website and one of the guys there priced them at a boat show for his C-34. Prices were around $15k plus the cost of a new sail
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That seems about right. Mine cost $6,000 for an Elan 19. Lazy Jacks would do most of what you need for an awful lot less.
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If you putz around in lakes and bays, I supposed you ought to have any system that rings your bell. If you sail offshore, the simpler the better, because Murphy's Law is always in effect.
Slab reefing is the simplest, least apt to fail, and doesn't lessen the stregnth of your mast or boom. If you are lazy about flaking the main, then add lazy jacks - but I can tell you from experience, if you get caught in a real blow and need to reduce sail, they can impede your dropping the mail.
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