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Roller Furler Mainsail

We have a new boat and have only been out twice in the week we've had it...last Saturday we motor-sailed from Newport, RI to Nantucket, MA and yesterday just out and about...Each time there was little to no wind. I have no experience with a roller furler main sail so not sure what to expect...

Using the roller furler main there seems to be a lot of resistance with the out-haul line, not to mention it takes quite a few turns on the winch to get the sail out...The in-haul line is loose not offering any resistance, both times pulling the main out the wind was less than 10 knots. The bow was pointed into the wind direction. The sail goes in without a problem but does require a winch.

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Should it be as easy as rolling out the head sail?
Should there be a lot of tension on the in-haul and out-haul lines? (subjective I realize, my older mainsail on a 34 foot sailboat went up with little to no work)
Is there a technique for deploying the roller furler main to have less resistance and faster?
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Re: Roller Furler Mainsail

I can't help you with the in/out stuff as ours is electric, but we do not often head bow to wind to let out sail or bring it in. As a matter of fact, it really helps to have some wind to pull the main out when putting it up. So we'll put it up on a close reach or wind on the beam whenever we can. We can even raise the sail DDW in light air, just keeping the boom amidships. That is one nice thing about having a reverse roach main.
But honestly, one of the great features of IMRF is you don't have to go bow to wind to raise, lower, reef or shake out a reef and thereby keeping flog your sail from.
However, IMRF takes some time to learn. If you don't want to become one of those that hate it because it gets stuck, pay close attention to what you are doing and stop doing whatever you are doing the second you think something may be binding up and reverse a bit. Just like any RF sail, it should be wrapped fairly tightly; a loose furl could jam.
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Re: Roller Furler Mainsail

Good advice from Capta, go slow and learn your system. Some spars (Like the Charleston or US Spar) have a slot that is offset to the starboard, and furl easier if you are on a starboard tack. Some like the boom to be at a slight upward angle so that the sail furls smoothly. Some are sensitive to the amount of halyard pressure. While I do use the electric winch, I am very careful to "feel" that I am not fighting the system. I have the tendency to start and stop often to give the sail time to settle into it's wrap. As Capta points out, if the system feels like it's fighting, stop and figure it out.

Properly done, an in-mast furler system should give you years of service. I've had mine for about 7 years now, and am very happy.
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