Originally Posted by DWJensen
One of the boats on our (current) short list has a Profurl in-boom furling
main. I've never sailed one of these and am curious what the opinions of forum members are regarding them. The boat in question is 21,500# displacement
, 41.5' LOA
(38' LOD), full-keeled cutter
rig. Both the genoa
and the self tacking staysail are on rollers too, so it seems that reefing should be a breeze (so to speak).
There are good and bad opinions on in-boom furls.
They are full battened.
They can be furled off wind
Reefing is fairly EZ.
One doesn't need sail covers or lazy jacks.
Your not likely to break a boom.
They are expensive. (but it's already installed).
They are heavy, off-setting the vessels ballast.
Their performance is just OK.
of them one has to go up on deck
There's no boom vang
, but a rigid vang/support.
And if you have an accidental jibe............
Here's some other discussion. In-boom mainsail reefing furling system