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Old 20-03-2014, 08:46   #1
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Furling m'sail recommendations for a Jeanneau SO 43 DS

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I am going to be in need of a new furling mainsail and wondered what type I should get. (material, short/long battens, no battens)

I am nervous reading all the comments about furlers jamming as I will be short handed most of the time.

I am more of a slow plodder than a racer by the way and would trade reliability for speed every time.

The mast is a Sparcraft, :F460 1580 557 403 but I'm not sure what furler Jeanneau put inside as standard.
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Old 20-03-2014, 09:16   #2
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Re: Furling m'sail recommendations for a Jeanneau SO 43 DS

If money is not a isue, North Sail, dacron,no battens, if you got a electric winch in the cockpit , use it, dont use the self tailing , just feel the tension with the hand, furl at 10 or 15 dg upwind, dont let the sail flap flap flap!!! keep tension all the time , when reefing same, feet by feet with tension, saying that most horribles jams come from people doing the wrong thing or from boats sporting things like ZSpar , vertical battens is a no no for me, good luck!!
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vertical battens is a no no for me, good luck!!
neilpride: can you expand on this? I see a number of folks cruising on here swearing by them. Like to know your opinion.
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neilpride: can you expand on this? I see a number of folks cruising on here swearing by them. Like to know your opinion.
I'd be interested in your comment too Neil.
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Re: Furling m'sail recommendations for a Jeanneau SO 43 DS

No battens. Especially vertical battens, work of the devil. If one break through a pocket , the jam inside makes it an absolute nightmare. Don't ask me how I know

Negative roach , appropriate wear strips , a little on the heavy side, that's the furling sail for me,

And yes +1 on tension when furling, all jams are nearly always associated with loose outs ul tension when furling.

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goboatingnow - thanks!
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Re: Furling m'sail recommendations for a Jeanneau SO 43 DS

Oddly enough I had Neil Pride sails made for my furling mainsail on my Tanzer. Highly recommend no battens. Much less to go wrong for the gains in light wind. Sailing in the Georgia Straits may be different than other more stable (wind speed) locals but I never regretted the decision.
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Re: Furling m'sail recommendations for a Jeanneau SO 43 DS

If you must have battens, go with Air Battens.





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Re: Furling m'sail recommendations for a Jeanneau SO 43 DS

I am leaning in the direction of North sails.
There seem to be two types that might suit my requirements


In Mast Furling Mainsail Polyester Radian NDR 7.5 (dacron)

In Mast Furling Mainsail Soft Norlam 7.0 NLXW (laminated)

It would seem that the laminate might be better as it's lighter but will not last as long as the dacron one apparently.

Any thoughts guys n gals ?
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I am leaning in the direction of North sails.
There seem to be two types that might suit my requirements


In Mast Furling Mainsail Polyester Radian NDR 7.5 (dacron)

In Mast Furling Mainsail Soft Norlam 7.0 NLXW (laminated)

It would seem that the laminate might be better as it's lighter but will not last as long as the dacron one apparently.

Any thoughts guys n gals ?


Stay away from laminates for cruising.
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