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"This same old-school attitude of mine applies to roller furling jib systems as well. I'm sure there are many arguments to support roller furlers on a cruising boat, but the one argument I have against them is they are a mechanical object with many moving parts. At some point the thing is going to break, or malfunction. I guess one of the reasons I like hank-on jibs is they're practically foolproof. (Even if they are more clumsy, and more work when shortening sail.) Also, with hank-ons you have an inventory of different sized sails aboard. Should one sail blow out, there will be others that can be used. I've been aboard boats with roller furlers where the only head sail is the one on the furler. For coastal sailing this is OK. For extended cruises this is foolish. Redundancy is the operative word."
(Submitted by Noel Fri Sep 17, 2004 )
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