Originally Posted by Bash
Also, be aware that a furling
mast is heavier than a conventional mast. Even once you cross one over to conventional hoisting, you'll still be paying the penalty in terms of weight aloft.
Heavier, but also the cross section is much larger than that of a conventional mast, increasing the windage a lot.
We too, were once looking at a boat that unfortunately had in-mast furling and after some research
we concluded that it is not economical to change it as you would need another, standard mast. Or live with the weight and windage which is not good for a blue water
So, our search continued and I am glad it did!