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Old 10-02-2008, 12:34   #1
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Rigging Questions....

We're about to put our baby on the hard to start an extensive refit. One of the many things we will do is replace our boom to accommodate the new sail plan Dudley Dix drew for us. Our boom is being extended about 5' and will measure 22' long. The main will go to 766 square feet. That's a lot of sail to reef even with a Dutchman or Slab system.....so we're giving some serious thought to an in-boom reefing system. The question is: Which one? Comments and suggestions appreciated. Another factor here is we are raising the boom about 2' in order to accommodate a new hard dodger. This puts the boom very high over the deck making any manual reefing system all the more difficult.

We've also decided to fit a roller furling jib, so the same questions apply there. Which brand do you recommend and why?

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The recommendation thing is a hard one for the reason that few sailors have experience with multiple systems. Most have had one or two and usually a happy with the latest system.

I can recommend Profurl roller furling. I have had not a single problem with it in 18 years. How is that for reliability? And that includes offshore and coastal and live aboard.
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Is that Profurl system you have on your jib or on your boom?

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We've looked at Liesurefurl. It is very expensive and said to also be very good. I am still not sure about going to roller furling mains.

We use slab reefing currently and spectra lazy jacks and will probably add outriggers. We also looked at the park aveenue boom but the outriggers will do the same thing. We're ~22 by ~83 or ~1000 sq ft.

Harken for the front end has served us well.
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