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Old 05-10-2021, 14:37   #1
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What kind of mast furling is this?

Never seen this before. An exterior mast furler. They still make these?
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Old 05-10-2021, 14:42   #2
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Re: What kind of mast furling is this?

Yes, it is a cheap furling retrofit to replace traditional sails. The advantage is the absence of in mast jamming.
Can’t remember the manufacterer, but I think they are still on the market.

Edit: I found this CF thread:
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Re: What kind of mast furling is this?

it's no real difference to a headsail furler...

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Re: What kind of mast furling is this?

Back in the early 80’s Hyde made a mainsail furling unit. Actually worked very well.
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Facnor's still make them I believe.. to order.
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Old 05-10-2021, 18:06   #6
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Re: What kind of mast furling is this?

can't remember the last time I saw one of those....20-30 years maybe ??
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Re: What kind of mast furling is this?

I have seen some of these adapted as a behind mast furler.
www.furlings.com
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Re: What kind of mast furling is this?

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Yes, it is a cheap furling retrofit to replace traditional sails. The advantage is the absence of in mast jamming.
Canít remember the manufacterer, but I think they are still on the market.

Edit: I found this CF thread:
https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums...ils-19216.html
Nothing cheap about it Iím afraid.
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Old 08-10-2021, 03:04   #9
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Re: What kind of mast furling is this?

I think they are a great option for cruisers.

In fluky winds (isn't that 90% of the time coastal sailing), we often just use the headsail as it was more hassle than it was worth to uncover and raise the sails...just to pull them back down and secure them. If it's as easy to deploy and recover as a furling headsail, I could see using it far more often.

Yes, you give up some performance as it's not the ideal sail shape but if you use it 4 times as often, the net benefit likely outweighs the downsides.
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Re: What kind of mast furling is this?

Yes, you give up some performance as it's not the ideal sail shape but if you use it 4 times as often, the net benefit likely outweighs the downsides.[/QUOTE]

That's a great analysis!
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Re: What kind of mast furling is this?

I think they are these

http://www.sailcdi.com

Probably fine with a telephone pole mast with fore and aft lowers to prevent any pumping (and prevent any prebend to shape the sail)
Iím sure they work and I would not expect any upwind performance
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