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Thank you Kevin for your comments on owning a 320. I am surprised that they made a 32 foot boat with a swing keel.

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D'oh!!! See that's what happens when you start a post and don't send it before you get pulled into a meeting!!!

I'm betting thats a typo and his meaning was WING keel.
 

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Bill.. using your email address in plain form as a user id is not advised, it's an invitation to spam bots. PM me if you want to change it to something else.

Regarding the inmast vs not... you'll get almost as many responses either way. Many prefer the sail shape and performance of a conventional mainsail, but truth be told you'd probably only notice if you were racing an identical, equally well (or poorly) sailed sistership.

These systems work well for the most part, but the unavoidable fact is that if they do screw up you can have a real mess on your hands. You can't drop a partially furled sail if that suddenly became necessary. My personal choice/recommendation would be the conventional main, but lately I meet more 'converts' - ie; people who bought an inmast furling boat 'reluctantly' and find that they kinda liked it..
 

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...or find that they REALLY like it. Lots of pros and cons for in-mast furling vs. traditional. I have the in mast and think it is very good. Rather than state all the pros and cons, may I suggest that you look at a thread about that subject? Here are some places to start:

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/learning-sail/263033-new-mast-furling-couple-questions.html

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/seamanship-navigation/264762-mast-furling-slab-reef-2.html

Good luck on finding the right boat.

Scotty
 
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