Originally Posted by Ocean Girl
Last month, while reading in my cockpit
I noticed a guy up the mast and cutting up his "In mast furler" sail. Actually it looked like a rigger. The sail was jammed about half way out. The rigger was slowing climbing up the roach cutting and pulling the sail free. I don't know what happened. I do know it was a new boat, mabe owner didn't know the proper way to furl. Boy, it hurt watching someone take a knife to a big beautiful sail.
I felt like taking a knife to my older sails a number of times... When the furling
mains get older and the sailcloth is softer, they tend to not furl quite right and the 'furled' folds of the sail get sucked out through the mast opening with the 'unfurled' section of the sail, jamming in the opening in the process... In my case, this was aggrevated by the fact that the previous owner had somehow lost
the tack attachment shackle (tied the tack with some thin line!), making it impossible/difficult to apply any halyard
I was seriously doubting my decision to go with the furling main until I got the new sails - life has been wonderful since!...
It is a very good idea to read about some of the un-intuitive (sp? - is this a word?
) aspects of it as well - such as the use of the topping lift
and the traveler (where exactly the boom needs to be in up/down and port/stb orientation during un/furling)
What is life w/o a few cheap