I am currently in process of installing one on my trimaran
. I will have some pics in the gallery next week. Delmarrey built the stand off for the boom for me. Very simple system.
Sail shape will likely be sacrificed, but the advantages should outweigh the disadvantages. I am using a ReeFurl system. I have used this on my other boats, and have never had a problem with jamming, or any of the other issues with roller furlers. I like the infinite reef points, and the fact that I an control, or dowse the sail from the cockpit
. The out haul also allows me the option to create as much belly in the sail as I like when running off the wind
. With a vang, there is allot of control of sail shape available to compensate for lack of roach or battens.
There are battens available now for furling sails
, but I have not researched them as that is a purchase
way down the road. If you are having new sails made, it might be worth looking into. They are designed like venetian blinds, so they flatten and roll up, then when straight, they pop into a convex shape to hold straight.
It appears, the way my masthead is set up, I will not need to set off the top, only the bottom. This makes the conversion even easier.