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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.
Good luck and enjoy your mainsail infinite reefing system.
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