Through Mack sails
, got a US Spars 16' boom for my boat when I replaced the old main. The lines for the slab reerfing are run internal and made it very easy to run all the mainsail
control lines back to the cockpit
. I used a double line reef system, one set of lines for the tack and another set for the clew. Can reef in under a minute from the cockpit. Works great. Cost f the boom was less than I could have made the boom myself, I didn't have to build it and I don't have to varnish
it. Foresail halyards are still at the mast, btw. The turning blocks, deck
organizers, rope clutches
to bring the lines to the cockpit cost more than the boom, however.
It is so easy to reef, don't see why anyone would waste money
on a roller furling
boom. Assume when you say roller furling/reefing your talking about the new ones that roll the sail internal in the boom. That is opposed to the old roller reefing that rolled the main around the outside of the boom. The latter systems are totally worthless. The former are WAY too expensive.
Reefing for me is dirt simple and I never have to leave the comfort and safety
of the cockpit. I loose the main halyard
to a premarked point, pull in the tack reefing lines, secure it, and retention the main halyard. Then move to the other side of the cabin
top and pull in the clew reefing lines by hand and tension the line with a winch
if needed. The loose sail bunting stays on the boom and doesn't even need to be bundled up.