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post #11 of 15 Old 09-11-2006
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We were out on a C&C 38, and had to reef the main. With two people, we could reef the main in under 90 seconds. It was setup with a reefing line and a tack hook. I doubt you could do much better on a mast furling system, and a slab reefing system is far less likely to have problems.


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SD, you still have to haul that sucker up the stick every time you want to use the main. Lets see you do that in under 90 seconds and no sweating allowed. Modern in mast furling is so simple and so reliabe it seems almost rediculous to be arguing, especially for coastal cruisers.
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Just some thoughts - but i have a Jeanneau DS40 with inmast and single hand and love it and would not change - i am not a beat the whip racer trying for that last knot - but once i figured it out we get what i consider good performance out of it.
you do have to learn to bring the sail in under pressure to keep it tight - but we reef easily and any can sail with as much or little main sail as we want -
i have been to the bahamas and constantly down the keys on the ocean side without an issue -
i am not a purist nor do i care to be but an practical enough to know what works for me and at 61 yo i like the fact that i can sail the boat from the cockpit
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To each his own. Oviously there are pro and con's for each method. We all have different need as sailors, no right or wrong. What do we want out of our sails, convenience or performance or both. I had Hunter 25 wth a loose footed main that had jiffy reefing loved it. Now a Beneteau 32 with in mast furling. It jammed on me once, headed down wind rolled it up from the clew best I could a lashed to the mast with a spare halyard. Love it. With less time on my hands for sailing with a growing family I op for the in mast furling I'd rather be sailing in 20 seconds. 10 for the furling jib and 10 for the furling in-mast main. As far as reefing just as easy I'll be it a little longer. Do you want performance well this isn't the right set up for you or even close. Would I sail on your boat Hell ya. Peace and happy sailing. Great Topic, enjoyed it.
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I have actual experience..

I own a Catalina with in mast and love it. I will never go back to a traditional main configuration but I'm cruising not racing. In 5600nm I have not had one jam. The system has worked flawlessly. You do need to understand how to use an in mast furler but the learning curve is very easy. My sail has also held up very well and has a nice shape..

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