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10-10-2011 08:23 PM
sailortjk1 all accurate advise. pay attention to what Jakedale said, the topping lift and boom angle need to be included in the discussion as well.
10-10-2011 06:51 PM
tdw
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When I first started using in mast furling it was a struggle and a frustration. I flushed the bearings, lubed the tracks with Sailcote, prayed to God, gnashed my teeth and cursed. Finally figured out that I had to let the mainsheet and vang run free, keep tension on the outhaul or inhaul line depending upon deployment out of or furling into the mast. And, stay slightly off the wind, in my case a little over the starboard helps to smoothly unfurl the sail and keeps the sail filled as I roll it in. Very similar to what others have described.

Keep at it and you'll find your comfort zone. That, or you might take up another activity. Golf isn't a frustrating game...
Oh no not that ... please please not that ... not golf ...

mg ... I understand your method, similar to mine basically but do you do that when reefing ? Seems to me I should be able to take in a few turns without having to let loose the main.
10-10-2011 06:16 PM
mgmhead When I first started using in mast furling it was a struggle and a frustration. I flushed the bearings, lubed the tracks with Sailcote, prayed to God, gnashed my teeth and cursed. Finally figured out that I had to let the mainsheet and vang run free, keep tension on the outhaul or inhaul line depending upon deployment out of or furling into the mast. And, stay slightly off the wind, in my case a little over the starboard helps to smoothly unfurl the sail and keeps the sail filled as I roll it in. Very similar to what others have described.

Keep at it and you'll find your comfort zone. That, or you might take up another activity. Golf isn't a frustrating game...
10-10-2011 05:37 PM
tdw To be honest I am still trying to come to grips with our in mast furler but one thing I do know, you must keep some tension of the sail as your furl. Don't go completely dead to wind, bear away just enough to keep the sail full enough to stop the boom beating about.

(my biggest problem is controlling the outhaul as we furl .)

edit - in this case I am referring to a reefing furl not a complete furl.
10-10-2011 10:12 AM
svHyLyte The boom needs be perpendicular to the mast and a little pressure on the sail. Measure and pre-mark your topping lift and vang for the correct boom orientation (in your slip) and head off a bit to keep a little pressure on the sail when furling.

FWIW..
10-10-2011 08:55 AM
tommays I have the Hood Stoboom and a regular roller furling Genoa

They both roll up fine BUT minor changes make big differences in the size of the roll

For example the Genoa clearly rolls tighter on a starboard reach and a somewhat loser roll will leave many wraps of line on the drum

The Stoboom is very angle dependent and only rolls up tight dead up wind
10-10-2011 08:06 AM
Silvio +1 to jackdale and poopdeckpappy

In mast was not my first choice but the boat I found fit every other way. The topping lift can be friend or foe, I set mine so the boom is about 3 inches above my head which puts the aft of the boom about 5-7 degrees above horizontal. Sail furls and unfurls quite easily. Any other position and it is difficult or will bind. Also I head slightly off the wind when furling, not much but not quite in irons. I suspect that hardening your vang will cause you to fight the sail as it tries to furl. The foot of the sail should roll upward into the mast, if that makes any sense, giving an offset spiral at the bottom. At least that is how mine works on a Catalina 310.

Good luck and let us know what works for you.
10-10-2011 06:43 AM
Ninefingers Could your sail be so stretched out that it's bunching up?

Mine only gets stuck coming out at the very beginning. Usually a couple of short pulls on the in furler line tightens the roll enough that the sail has lots of clearance inside the mast, and it it then comes out easily.

At what point does it get stuck?
10-10-2011 02:40 AM
peoples1234 I have intentionally been eliminating boats that have an in-mast furling system from my search, maybe I will reconsider or at least try it out
10-10-2011 01:52 AM
poopdeckpappy our other boat has a selden system, it works best when your not head up, keeping pressure on the sail as you furl keeps it tight.
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