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Death of in-mast furling/new mast

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replacement of in-mast furling/new mast

Hi all,

I'm close to making an offer on a Sabre 362. It has in-mast furling. That's one of the main reasons why I haven't made an offer.

Well, come to find out, the owner is currently (as in today), having the mast pulled to be painted and re-installed. And he's paying 14k to do so.

This seems like an ideal opportunity for me to stop this guy in his tracks. Firstly, I don't know why you'd pay 14k to have your mast pulled and then only paint the damn thing. Seems like an opportune time to put a new mast on there with a stack-pack or dutchman system.

Anyhow... I'm looking at the cost of these things and it seems like the 14k the seller is paying comes pretty close to the price of a new mast. Unfortunately, he's got a nice newish tape-drive main on there now, so that's a bit of wasted money unless I can sell it or re-cut it into an standard battened mainsail.

I have 4 questions for you sailnetters:

1. Is there anything else I should have done while the mast is out? I'm already planning to have the mast step inspected and repaired (known issue on some 362's). Should I have new standing rigging done at the same time? Mast-head instruments? What else?

2. Can any cost be recouped by selling the used mast?

3. Can I have the tape-drive furling main re-cut and fully battened for use with a standard mast?

4. Would the boom need to be replaced as well?

Thank you!
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One moment while I put on my crusty curmudgeon hat...

There. Okay, maybe I'm just grumpy but I really DON'T like in mast furling. And while I have limited experience w/ them I don't like the fact that if it jams when you get caught in a sudden squall you are truly Farked. And I don't like the fact that you lose a bunch of sail area. Or the fact that you've just added a bunch of weight up the mast.

What really kills me are the boats like say, a Bermuda 40, which was kinda slow and under canvassed to begin with, and then they make it more so by putting in mast furling on board.
And I have a hard time believing that vertical or inflatable "battens" are going to make any difference.

PERSONALLY, at this point in my life, if I was looking to buy a boat I would pass on the boat w/ furling main. I don't see it as a plus. That said, I may change my tune as I get older and less capable. And if you're just day sailing or coastal cruising and not as interested in performance... okay, that works for you.

The question is, if you don't like the furling main is there another boat you really like?
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