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Re: Top down spinnaker furlers
FYI, we watched Harken demo their Reflex unit on a Jeanneau at the Annapolis boat show this week. Very small chute, as the boat was stationary (docked). They had one rep on the sheet, and one on the furl line. They started unfurl with the furl line, and eventually went to the sheet pull to finish. Second time they did it, it back furled. They corrected easily by furling it back, then second try. Seemed they needed to control both the furl line and the sheet when unfurling. Looks like a two person system to me.
ProFurl says the balls alleviate back furl. But you end up with a 3 ft diameter spin coil, as the balls don't allow it to be any tighter. That means no passing furled spin down the hatch. Harken furled spin folds into sausage shape to go into bag or down hatch easily.
I don't know which one I'm going with.
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