Thanks for this thread and opinions. I recently considered for purchase
at very nice ketch
with two (count them, two) Forespar Leisure Furl Coastal in-boom furlers. I did not like the look of them.
I don't like the sound of having to manage a critical boom angle, and sail flatness when furling (you furl when the wind
the blowing hard, right?).
I did not like anything about it.
Questions I had were...
1) Can you furl them under load, off the wind
say 30-40 degrees, in heavy air... without jamming?
2) Can you get a decent sail trim when furled? For example, with the foot stretch out with no obvious way to rig an outhaul
3) Can you twist off the main (allowing the boom to rise) in heavy air? Not obvious if the vang/boom kicker
has to be rigidly set.
4) Will the luft jam or have high friction when setting or dousing... bolt rope
in a rubber groove?... I dont like it.
5) If there are battens (which I do not know in this case), wouldn't then be at the wrong angle? Normally main battens are not parallel with the boom. Also batten would tend to jam at the luff. Looks like battens are out of the question, really. I like battens. Makes all the difference in light air.
The guy has put a really price
premium on this boat, because of these and other big ticket upgrades. I am afraid this disqualifies what would otherwise be a really nice boat.