Originally Posted by roverhi
Originally Posted by Kenomac
Have you ever tried to reef a Hunter 42 or 450 main manually without a furling system, boom or in-mast? I have, everything is 7-8 feet above the cockpit deck due to the cockpit arch. It's a real PITA, and that's even when you're in the marina or on a calm day.
If the boat's equipped with a Bimini... good luck, bring a ladder.
That's a design failure that makes the boat
totally unfit for short handed sailing and any serious offshore work
. If you can't reef the boat
by hand and/or do a fix for a failed furling
system, the boat is only suitable for inshore sailing. Sh*t happens, if you can't fix it or ameleorate it at sea, you are in for a very unpleasant experience.
Obviously, you fail to appreciate these booms that touch the clouds are the wave of the future... ;-)
I especially love it when they're coupled with in-mast furling... I mean, what can POSSIBLY
go wrong with a furling outhaul
at the end of the boom, after all? Why might one EVER
have to be able to reach the end of the boom on a passage
, the odds of that are slim, and none... ;-)
There's a simple fix, as always... Simply dangle a rescue
ladder from the end of the boom, and BINGO!
, she's Bluewater