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Rod Lawson

Terry, after some discussion with fellow sailors and also some sailmakers I'm led to believe that furlers are not to be mistaken as reefers as they are often used. I would prefer to use hank on sails but I do have a furler on my headsail only since I single hand it's easy for me to deploy with a furler. My staysail is a hank on and I use the furling headsail to get the boat underway or as the last sail to drop when anchoring under sail. Once moving with the headsail I can then attend to the other sails and vice versa when coming into port or an anchorage. It is most convenient being able to work it from the cockpit. A sail on a furler does not have as good a shape as a hank on and you will note they usually have padding which also adds to the performance problem. When partially furled there is a big bunch of sail at the leading edge which again reduces efficiency. When totally furled there is more windage which could potentially change the dynamics of the boat when heaving to for instance. For me performance isn't a big issue and convenience is more important as a single hander, hence my choice for a furling headsail. Just thought I'd pass on the comments which have been made to me from some people far more knowledgeable and experienced than myself.

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