Today I inspected a 2000 Jeanneau
Sun Odyssey 37 that has an in-mast roller main. The broker told me that it was possible to convert it to slab reefing and I am wondering if this was some sales BS or if it is feasible.
(I am totally lost
for the correct terms here)
On the mast
running parallel to the slot where the main comes out, there was a groove that looked like it was designed to take the T shaped plastic sliders that are used to hold the main normally. Therefore I assume it must be possible to add a track and roller cars to hold a fully battoned main. The boom would either need some extra hardware
added or perhaps replaced to handle the reefing.
Is this conversion possible (depending on the roller mast
Realistically the conversion is perhaps something I may never bother doing especially if I only use the boat for cruising around the Greek islands
, but knowing it is possible would push the roller v slab reefing decision down on my priority list.
Just for the record
(since I have been asking stupid questions related to all sorts of boats).... The SO37 has pretty much been my no.1 choice for the past year, even though I have flirted with the idea of other boats. Today was the first time I have got to see one up close and everything felt just right. From the helm
it did not look too big (unlike the Bene 381 & 411 I also viewed) the genoa winch
was where I want it to be, inside was roomy without feeling to open and the L shaped kitchen felt like a comfortable arrangement.
Just maybe I will come away from this week with a one boat shopping
list even if the mast and perhaps keel
keep me confused still