Old tyme roller reefing by boom rolling..
I need some help from experienced salts here.
I have an Albin Vega which came stock with the rolling boom, where you crank a handle on the forward side of the mast and roll the mainsail up on the boom for reefing.
The boom is a simple circular tube.
The problem with this is the bulky sail slides and bolt rope on the luff take up lots of room, so they bunch up real big on the mast end of the boom.
Then the middle of the sail has a bag in it, so this doesnt roll up tight enough, leaving the main not flat enough for heavy weather pointing and depowering.
Then the aft end of the boom rolls up the leach and at this end there is not enough material, and the aft end of the boom may drop too low and not be supported enough.
I have heard of a number of models of boats that were made with the roller boom reefing. Some that were succesful were done with shaped booms to roll up the main properly and tight.
It seems this issue is a hot button, as so many people on my vega forum become emotionally negative about this system. I am not experienced enough to know one way or the other. But I am curious as to why so many builders over at least decades (before WW2 at least that I know of) chose to implement this system on their products.
Seems to me it must have worked for someone, somehow, at some time.
Also, for my specific application, would it be possible to have a piece of foam sewn into the mainsail foot, in the proper shape to make this system work well? Like they do with furled headsails.