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In mast and in boom furlers make it a lot more convenient to use the mainsail. Easy to deploy, easy to stow, no sail cover to deal with, no need to go forward to raise, lower, cover, etc.
With an in mast sail you won't have the same performance as a standard sail, but this doesn't seem to bother most cruisers.
Personally, I value performance enough so that I would buy a boat with an in mast furler.
I don't see any negatives to in boom units. I'm sure the cost is significant and maybe it makes raising the main more difficult.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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