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Old 20-01-2014, 16:42   #16
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Re: In Mast Mainsail Furling System

FAMILY CIRCUS;

CHECK OUT SANDY FEET'S POST ON THE IN MAST FURLING JAM HE DEALT WITH.

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Old 26-01-2014, 20:24   #17
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Re: In Mast Mainsail Furling System

My beneteau 40CC has a very similar mast and furler if not identical. When I first bought the boat I had a similar experence to what you describe. Usually yhe issue is the leach doubles over during furling due usually to inadequate tension on the outhaul. This will be compounded by an old baggy sail. Once this happens it is usually a trip up the mast to wrench the overlap free of the fulrling slot.

I replaced my mainsail 12 months ago and have never had an issue since. There is a usefull article written by a sailor on how to furl properly on the ZSpar website.

Dont be put off the inmast furling. I love it, however there are a lot of armchair experts who run them down. For ease of handling especially if you are short handed they are great. The lack of roach in the main does reduce the sail area and I guess performance a little, however I have never noticed too much of a difference. If one is concerned about deminished performace fit a folding prop. That will easily overcome the difference.

If you are concerned get down to a marina and find a skipper with in-mast furling and talk to him about it. Chances are that like me he'll love it.
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Old 26-01-2014, 20:39   #18
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Re: In Mast Mainsail Furling System

Heres the link. Z Spars Mainsail Furling System - Help
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Old 29-01-2014, 10:42   #19
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My beneteau 40CC has a very similar mast and furler if not identical. When I first bought the boat I had a similar experence to what you describe. Usually yhe issue is the leach doubles over during furling due usually to inadequate tension on the outhaul. This will be compounded by an old baggy sail. Once this happens it is usually a trip up the mast to wrench the overlap free of the fulrling slot.

I replaced my mainsail 12 months ago and have never had an issue since. There is a usefull article written by a sailor on how to furl properly on the ZSpar website.

Dont be put off the inmast furling. I love it, however there are a lot of armchair experts who run them down. For ease of handling especially if you are short handed they are great. The lack of roach in the main does reduce the sail area and I guess performance a little, however I have never noticed too much of a difference. If one is concerned about deminished performace fit a folding prop. That will easily overcome the difference.

If you are concerned get down to a marina and find a skipper with in-mast furling and talk to him about it. Chances are that like me he'll love it.
cprebble,
Thank you very much for your reply. I really appreciate your input and the link to the ZSpar article. Very helpful. I am confident that it will solve our problems. We did BUY the boat so I should be an expert on the mainsail furling in no time at all, right? Thanks again!
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Old 29-01-2014, 11:43   #20
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Thank you very much for your reply. I really appreciate your input and the link to the ZSpar article. Very helpful. I am confident that it will solve our problems. We did BUY the boat so I should be an expert on the mainsail furling in no time at all, right? Thanks again!
Congratulations. I'm sure with a new main and following the proper procedure for furling you should be fine. Those Brewers are nice boats.
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Thats great news. Glad to be of help.
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