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04-17-2013 03:59 AM
Omatako
Re: Thoughts on ProFurl in-boom furling?

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Originally Posted by Brent Swain View Post
Slab reefing is so quick, easy, cheap , and simple, I dont see why anyone would bother to go for a more complex, expensive and potentially trouble prone sytem. I can reef my main in under a minute. Cant see much relevant improvement on that.
I wouldn't swap my StacPac and batcars for any form of furler.
04-16-2013 11:14 AM
Sanduskysailor
Re: Thoughts on ProFurl in-boom furling?

Bruce, the Leisure Furl boom is available. Send me a private message and I will put you in contact with the owner who crews on my race crew.

It is complete sans gooseneck, yachtrod vang and modified mainsail He is willing to part with it for a good price.
04-11-2013 03:25 PM
hughdon
Re: Thoughts on ProFurl in-boom furling?

I am definitely interested
what do I do next
I don't know what is a 'PM'
Bruce
04-10-2013 05:24 PM
Brent Swain
Re: Thoughts on ProFurl in-boom furling?

Slab reefing is so quick, easy, cheap , and simple, I dont see why anyone would bother to go for a more complex, expensive and potentially trouble prone sytem. I can reef my main in under a minute. Cant see much relevant improvement on that.
04-10-2013 04:11 PM
Sanduskysailor
Re: Thoughts on ProFurl in-boom furling?

It is a Leisure Furl with boom and accessories. Still for sale. send me a PM.
04-10-2013 11:21 AM
hughdon
Re: Thoughts on ProFurl in-boom furling?

Pl advise if this used Pro Furl is still available for sale
thanks Bruce
04-10-2013 10:58 AM
kwaltersmi
Re: Thoughts on ProFurl in-boom furling?

Thanks all! Great information.
03-28-2013 01:18 PM
captbillc
Re: Thoughts on ProFurl in-boom furling?

i have used the profurl for years on my nimble30express. i have a fully battened main. i can raise it by hand halfway up & finish raising with the winch. it comes down easy by hand. the profurl vang has a pressurized gas cylinder in it that holds the boom at 87 degrees for furling. you can tighten the sheet & pull the boom down to flatten the sail. as long as you keep a little tension on the furling line when raising the sail it will wrap on the drum without over rapping . if you have any questions about it, contact me.
03-28-2013 12:43 PM
Sanduskysailor
Re: Thoughts on ProFurl in-boom furling?

I know where you can get a used Leisure Furl boom, motorized version for a 13' boom, cheap. One of my friends took one off of the boat he bought because he wanted to race it. Original cost with sail and mast modification around 17K. I'm sure he will sell you his for a very small fraction of that amount.
03-28-2013 12:47 AM
JonEisberg
Re: Thoughts on ProFurl in-boom furling?

No experience with Profurl, but a considerable amount with Leisure-Furl, primarily on a few Trintellas... Please forgive my ignorance of any possible significant distinctions between the two systems...

L-F is a pretty slick setup, no question... Had some problems with the earliest versions made in NZ, but once Forespar took control, they got things pretty well sorted out... Other than problems with the motorized version (as opposed to using winches to operate), haven't had any issues in the past 5-6 years, they've been flawless... On boats approaching 46-50' or thereabouts, I think they're the way to go... On a rig as powered-up as that on the Seguin 52 pictured below, they're the only way I'd want to go...

Not sure why one would say it's necessary to position someone at the gooseneck, but it can definitely be a prudent practice, especially when lowering... Many folks think you never have to go forward with these systems, but there is that locking pin that must be dealt with, so someone will have to go to the mast on occasion...

As mentioned, the angle of the boom is critical, and I think a hydraulic vang is the way to go to obtain and hold the angle with the required precision... Best setup I ever saw, was a simple batten/measuring stick fixed to the vang that - when aligned with a mark on the ram - would assure the desired angle exactly...

Primary downside IMO is the sheer weight of the boom, damn things are HEAVY (Carbon fiber would be nice, but very pricey, of course) Jibing those things on a larger boat in a blow can be hair-raising, and one had better rig a bulletproof preventer for a L-F boom or equivalent, an accidental jibe with a boom as massive as they can be could be catastrophic......

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