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Re: Release halyard tension on roller furler?
I use to race when I had a performance multihull. Zoom. Racing a cruising boat seems like a whispering contest to me, rather arbitrary, and besides, I've outgrown it.
Yup, I heave the roller furler up all year. Yup, it has a Sunbrella strip. It is a very solid sail from Quantum and doesn't seem to mind.
I set the luff tension (rather light) and forget it. High luff tension places a higher load on the furler bearings, so for me, it's not worth it. Since my furler is heavily built, the sail has a nice foam luff, and a cat gives many sheeting options, I just roll some up and move the leads in a blow.
I've gotten lazy, but honestly, I don't think I've given up much.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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