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In boom furling?

This may be a dumb question but why is it that anytime somebody talks about main sail furling they talk about in mast furling?

I would think that in boom furling would have some advantages over the mast version:
- shorter rod means easier furl
- the weight is lower and smaller
- it's more like an infinite reefing system.

To me the last point, the fact that when you reef you bring the sail down, would mean that in-boom furling would give a lot more reefing options.

Am I wrong? Are in-boom reefing not available?

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What I like most about in-boom furling is if you get a jam of any type you would still be able to drop the sail.
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In boom furling is certainly the prefered choice for exactly the reason Lake Pirate mentions above.
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THere are in-boom furling systems, and they have advanced far beyond what was common in the 1970s for boom roller furling.

Slab reefing is less weight aloft, less expensive and simpler, and that is why it is still so commonly used.
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In boom furling?

Just. Say. No.

I had it once, hit a nice squall on Lake Huron and had the mandrel pull out and get jammed in the sail exit slot. Switched to slab as soon as we got home.

Also sail shape leaves something to be desired with these.

A "Dutchman" system and conventional slab reefing- that's what I'd recommend.
(Especially if you have a long boom)
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Thank you for your input. So I wasn't going nuts: if you are going to use a furling system for your main, you're better off with boom furling rather then mast.

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yep. IMO:

Slab= Best

In boom= Worse

In Mast= Worst -ever try to brail a whipping main in a gale?
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I am surprised that no one above mentioned the advantage of having a battened roach with the boom furling. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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yep. IMO:

Slab= Best

In boom= Worse

In Mast= Worst -ever try to brail a whipping main in a gale?

I wouldn't be too quick to condemn boom furlers based on one bad experience. My opinion having used all three on different boats is boom furlers as my first choice followed closely by boom furler as my second choice and for #3, guess...
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I wouldn't be too quick to condemn boom furlers based on one bad experience. My opinion having used all three on different boats is boom furlers as my first choice followed closely by boom furler as my second choice and for #3, guess...
Well, that depends on what kind of weather you sail in. I like to plan for the 10%, not the 90%.

Round here, the 90% can turn into the 10% pretty quick.

YMMV.
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