Originally Posted by btrayfors
Once you get the boom angle correct, and have hoisted the sail and furled it a few times, you get the hang of how to control it so that it furls neatly every time. With practice, you also learn how it sometimes can be hoisted or furled when not pointing directly into the wind
, without doing damage.
it's not really foolproof, but even an old fool like me can operate it with ease :-)
Bill, we couldn't agree with you more.
Eight years ago, sailing back from New Caledonia
to NZ we encountered some horrific weather
conditions. Three fronts in three days with enormous seas and 40 to 55 knot
winds. We didn't realise at first what we were in for and were slow to reef appropriately. Getting the deep reef in the main was relatively easy but tying up the billowing foot of the main, that was constantly, (and dangerously, I might add) filling up with water
was rather a strain on the Captain
Back in NZ we did our research
and yes, at great expense installed a Leisure Furl in boom main, fully battoned and losing very little sail area.
It is the best thing we could have done. Yes we do have the odd blonde moment and may not have the topping lift
and vang holding the boom at exactly the right angle but it does allow some flexibility. Yes, we do use an electric winch
on the cabin
top which also doubles as a mainsheet winch
We have also been pondering the question of whether or not to have the same system installed on our future "cat". A friend has a 60 something foot cat with a Leisure furl and seems to be happy with it but only intends to do coastal cruising. Another guy we know, recently set out on a circumnavigation
in a cat, would have liked one but couldn't justify the expense. The batt car systems seem to work well but I have seen them jamb too.
Time will tell I guess.