Originally Posted by eyschulman
My problem with the roller furling
boom and main is that it is not really better than other systems Just more complicated slower and more prone to problems.
To me the roller furling
boom is just an example of dumbing down sailing for the less competent who can't or won't learn to do it without the push button approach.
My thing against the RF boom is not because it's new fangled I love new and better. It's just that the RF is not better It's just new fangled but it will sell because many sailors are not understanding or afraid of their mainsails.
Based on your above comments, I would say Ignorance is Bliss.
I have a Leisure Furl Roller Furling Boom on my Catalina
470 with a Dutchman Boom Brake
and Leisure Furl "Yacht Rod" Vang.
The Roller Furling Boom requires one crewman to handle the mainsail
, Raising Lowering or Reefing.
It also has unlimited Reef Points and on my boat, beautiful sail shape due in large part to it's six vertical batons.
As far as the angle of the boom when lowering, I placed a red colored whip on the Topping Lift
. When the Red Mark is at the topping lift Rope Clutch
, the boom is at the perfect angle for lowering.
Another plus is even if the boom is completely broken, you can still lower the sail to the deck
, unlike when a in mast furler
We sailed on San Francisco
Bay for four years using the roller furling boom before we cruised from San Francisco
, covering over 9500 NM during the trip almost all of it doublehanded with my wife.
The only problem I have had with the Roller Furl Boom is when were sailing down wind
in the Sea of Cortez
. The spectra line holding the clew untied. The sail blew away from the boom, pulling the bolt rope
loose from the foot of the sail, where it attaches to the mandrel. My wife repaired it and we were underway the next day.
The Roller Furling Boom is like any other piece of equipment
, it takes time to learn and no one is going to step on your boat and be able to handle the system without training and experience. I took me about a month of sailing to completely learn how to handle the system, from raising and lowering to reefing under different loads and sailing points.
The other consideration is that it is also heavy, especially when the sail is furled inside. Although I have a Mid-Boom Sheeting System on my boat, I believe the best application for an in boom furler
is an end sheet system, which would control the boom better when the sail is furled and you are rolling around in rough seas under motor
sail. To avoid this on my boat I used the Dutchman Boom Brake
as a preventer.
Because of the boom's weight I would highly suggest a boom brake for gybing.
With that said... It is a wonderful piece of equipment
and works well under varied conditions.
I would not own another sailboat over 40 feet without one.