Modern in-boom furlers are reliable and work just fine on catamarans. No need to change your rig. They accommodate fully battened mains with big roaches just fine.
I've had a LeisureFurl system for five years on my 42' sloop
(monohull) and after many thousands of sea miles and inland sailing I love it. My main is fully battened and has a large roach.
Here, from the LeisureFurl website and a 48' catamaran
I wanted to let you know how happy I am with your Leisure Furl system. I have a 48' catamaran. As you know I sailed
it to New Zealand
from the USA. One of the concerns we had was reefing the mainsail
. It seems that storms blow up at night and my wife use to worry every time I would go up on deck
to reef the mainsail
in the pitch
black and stormy night. It always took the two of us to do this task. I had a jiffy reef system but it still took an effort to reef. So naturally you put it off to the last minute or after you put in a reef you were hesitant to take it out again. After 12,000 blue water
miles I decided upon arriving in New Zealand
to look into a furling main system.
I looked into many options, and then I meet you at the boat show
. Boy was I fortunate! You installed my new Leisure Furl system in time for us to leave for the 1992 season. We went to Fiji
, New Caledonia
, Norfolk Island, and back to New Zealand. What a joy it was to use Leisure Furl. I can now reef and un-reef my mainsail by myself from the cockpit
. I never have to go on deck
since my jib
is roller furling
also. It is a snap to put the main up or down at a flip of a switch. I always get a kick out of wowing off as we leave port with several boats. They have people on deck struggling to get their main up and I just sit in my captains's chair with drink in hand and raise my main. It just blows their minds, I love it.
We never had a problem with the system on the whole trip and I feel it is one of the best investments I have ever made in my boat. There is no price
at sea. I consider this system an essential safety
system for the boat. I am happy for you to use this letter in any way that may help you with a customer that is not quite sure about your system.
All I can say is I LOVE IT!!! Thanks again for introducing me to your fantastic Leisure Furl system.