AD­VICE FOR FURLERS

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Gra­ham Snook’s furl­ing ar­ti­cle (Septem­ber) ad­dresses one of the ma­jor ad­vances for sin­gle­handed sailors like me. I ap­pre­ci­ate his tips. With­out ques­tion, ex­cess pre-bend in the mast is the most dele­te­ri­ous rig­ging er­ror for in-mast furl­ing sys­tems. I used to have to use my deck winch to un­furl and furl my main­sail. Then I hap­pened to watch a video on the U.S. Spars web­site that stressed the im­por­tance of min­i­mal pre-bend for op­ti­mally func­tion­ing in-mast furl­ing. Af­ter that I had my rig­ger straighten my mast, leav­ing only min­i­mal pre-bend and can now eas­ily man­age the main­sail with my hands. I have also no­ticed no loss of power or con­trol. For those of you with in-mast furlers, look up your mast. — Mitch Gil­bert, West­brook, CT

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