Getting nearer to the point of having to make a clear decision as to which way to go.
New Passport 615. Hydraulics will run several systems. I've done as much research
and talked with as many people as I can about their experience and thoughts on which system to use.
I received a communication from the boat builder
. Even though it's my decision to make, he is VERY STRONGLY recommending the in-mast approach. He made a couple comments about the in-boom system being unsafe and difficult the handle.
In the research
I've done, the Leisurefurl systems seems to have may advantages. I understand on a run if you choose to reef or bring the main in completely you have to follow certain proceedures. I've talked to people using it and they said it didn't take them more then a few days to master that aspect of it. In all other points of sail, it's a breeze to bring in.
Some of the points I like about the boom systems are that when it's in the boom, the weight remains low. also, the sail shape is much better. The big reason I love it is that even if you have a jam or power failure, you can manually drop the sail like a non automated one. You would never be in serious trouble with a jam like a mast
ststem. I know they are rare these days but with all the other advantages I can see regarding a boat this size, I feel the boom systems would be the better choice.
Thoughts please? Why would the boat builder
say they are dangerous?