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Old 16-10-2019, 11:08   #1
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In-boom furling

I have Gib'sea 402 (1988) and intend to convert to in-boom furling. There are several makes available. Which is the most reliable? I would like to hear from people who have made the conversion and been satisfied with it.
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Old 19-10-2019, 23:04   #2
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Re: In-boom furling

As a sailmaker who makes a lot of sails for furling booms. I would only choose leisure furl. So many of them have problems.
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Thank you for your advice. I have already noted a preference for Leisure Furl by Forespar. Your comment reinforces it.
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Re: In-boom furling

Iíve had my boat for five years, it has a Profurl.
Other than bolt rope wear on the sail Iíve had no problems, and even that wear isnít that big a deal, Iíve had to trim a couple inches off in five years. I guess if I ever get to a foot trimmed off, Iíll have it replaced, but likely will be replacing the sail by then.

I think boom furling is like anything else, you need to learn how that system works, itís strengths and weaknesses and operate or within those limits, and not be determined to use it like some other system.

I bet there was no end of complaining by people with hanked on head sails about how many problems there was with roller furling, now that itís mainstream and people learn roller furling, there is no issue anymore.
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Re: In-boom furling

I have not used other types but can vouch for the quality and ease of use of the Forespar LeisureFurl boom. After using it in many conditions and taking it apart and working on it I have been pleased with the engineering and quality of the construction.
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Re: In-boom furling

I crewed on a delivery for a boat equipped with a LeisureFurl. It was finicky and anything to do with reefing, furling or unfurling required someone at the mast to make sure it was in the sail track and feeding at the correct tension. It took 2 people and 10-15 minutes each adjustment. OK it's just one data point, I admit.

I'd never get one of those -- IMHO the best choice is full-battens, stacking cover and lazyjacks. That combination with slab reefing using ball-bearing blocks at the turning points, all lines led aft. Easy and quick, and reliable.
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Re: In-boom furling

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I crewed on a delivery for a boat equipped with a LeisureFurl. It was finicky and anything to do with reefing, furling or unfurling required someone at the mast to make sure it was in the sail track and feeding at the correct tension. It took 2 people and 10-15 minutes each adjustment. OK it's just one data point, I admit.

I'd never get one of those -- IMHO the best choice is full-battens, stacking cover and lazyjacks. That combination with slab reefing using ball-bearing blocks at the turning points, all lines led aft. Easy and quick, and reliable.
As an owner of a mono fitted with a leisure furl I can say that I have only experienced a jam once, the result of the topping lift slipping slightly and allowing the angle of the boom to change, other than that I can furl, reef etc single handed in whatever weather I find myself.
The experience detailed above has not been my experience.
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Re: In-boom furling

Also as far as I know forespar are the US leisure furl agents, but they are still made in NZ? KZ marine in NZ are the people who sell them also, so if your outside the US you could also consider contacting them. The luff rope from KZ lasts a lot longer than the one Forespar supply.
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Thank you. My boat is in Greece at Aktio. The next step is to find what is available and who can carry out the work.
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