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furlers, boat and sail sizes
If your boat is a morgan 41' model, it will have a big sail and I think that will take a good amount of effort to furl.
My first boat, a Catalina 22, had a 150 genoa on a furler (I forget the particular model). It was a small boat with a fairly small sail. It was easy to furl in all conditions (once I learned about halyard wrap).
My second boat was 28' and came with a Selden Furlex 100S furler. That furler worked great. I used it with a 150 genoa and, later on, a 140 laminate genoa. Regardless of the wind, i could easily furl the sail without a winch. It it got real windy it would take more effort. It it was real real windy (20-25 kts) I would make sure I was on a port tack and on a beam reach so I could easily roll up the sail (it rolled up counter-clockwise).
My current boat has a Hood Line Sea Furl SL (it was originally a line drive and has been converted to single line). The boat is bigger (35'), the sail is bigger, and I expected more effort to furl the sail. Last year was my first with boat, and it was very difficult to furl the sail. I am pretty strong, and it took a lot of effort to furl the sail. This past spring I spent some time cleaning and lubricating the furler. I also worked on betting the forstay / backstay tension correct. The furler worked better this year, but does not work nearly as well as the furlex.
So the level of effort to furl the sail will depend on your particular furler, sail and sail size, as well as halyard and stay tension. But, on a 41' boat, I don't think a 98 lb weakling will be able to furl it without a winch.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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