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Race boats don't use furlers b/c they have multiple sails. If the breeze picks up, they change to a smaller sail. A smaller sail is easier on the crew, and you can point higher with it.
When a furler is furled, it screws up the shape of the most important first 1/3 of the sail. The entry. The belly of the sail ends up being too far forward, and most people don't use barberhaulers to improve sheeting angles. So you can't point as high, the sail doesn't drive as much, it produces more drag and more heel. Exactly what you don't want in a building breeze.
As to whether it works or not, I've found on most boats that use them, that the owners know the furlers are a bit "sticky" yet they do nothing to improve it. Setting themselves up for a jam.
Merit 25 # 764 "Audrey"
Last edited by zz4gta; 12-08-2009 at 08:52 AM.