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Re: INMast Furling System Jams Beneteau Oceanis35
I'd second Capta on this, I've sailed quite a few boats on and offshore with hood furl mains and owned one for 10 years. The right amount of wind in the sail, a little tension on the outhaul, and it's like magic. Super easy without putting anyone on deck. As I age I think about nice this was. I've furled in a gale without issue, and enjoyed the infinite easy reefing.
On our smaller boat now we have lazy jacks and full battens and one electric winch for the halyard. It works well when head to wind, the mainsheet is cleared and free to run, and the McLube is fresh on the track. But sometimes that gets hung too and requires someone on deck to pull the last few feet of flogging main down. Inevitably, this is on a sporty day when it's blowing a stink with the usual complications of balance and footwork.
I've also sailed roller furling booms. Seems really sensible, the roller is within reach and even if it gets buggered, you could drop the sail on the deck. But those have their quirks too. Just the right boom angle is critical to get the thing to roll right. But when you do it right, it's kinda nice.
I've sailed boats with dutchman systems. When setup right, really nice. But the exact right amount of tension in them seems to be critical to get the sail to fully drop. Takes a bit to get them dialed in.
Every system has its quirks. I suspect from the OP's initial post, his mast in not in column, but it also could be blown out sails as others have suggested.