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In Mast Mainsail Furler

Discussion in 'Ask A Hunter Owner' started by Eureka, Jan 5, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Eureka

    Eureka

    Joined Nov 14, 2016
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter Vision 32
    C Yellowknife NT Canada Yellowknife
    Considering a Hunter 33 with In Mast Mailsail roller furling. How reliable is it? Any problems with failure on furling? Sail Life? Performance re: lack of roach?

    Thank you very much.
     


  2. Don S/V ILLusion

    Don S/V ILLusion

    Joined Sep 25, 2008
    4,831 posts, 160 likes
    Alden 50
    US Sarasota, Florida
    When someone inevitably writes saying they never had a problem with their furler, always remember to insert the word "yet" on the end of their sentence
     


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  3. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    2,107 posts, 449 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Edmonton, Ab Wabamun - on the orange ball
    Probably never have an issue with it in Yeller-knife. You'll get to use it once a year. :)
     


  4. Scott B

    Scott B Moderator

    Joined Sep 20, 2006
    2,461 posts, 78 likes
    Hunter 33
    CA Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
    I've had mine 10 years and not had any problems with it. period. You'll find lots of others have also not had any issues. Like any system, including standard mains, it has to be maintained.
     


  5. AlastairLC

    AlastairLC

    Joined Jan 2, 2017
    147 posts, 30 likes
    O'Day 322
    US Scottsdale, AZ Lake Pleasant
    I’m a big fan of full battens. Can’t have em with an inmast furler.
     


  6. uncledom

    uncledom

    Joined Jun 11, 2011
    789 posts, 96 likes
    Hunter 41
    US Lewes
    Yeah not a fan of a batten-less main but I do like the infinite reefing and the simple stowage and retrieval. No they don't always work perfectly and must be maintained as Scott said. I bought the boat with the original, very stretched Dacron main sail. It had lousy shape, bound due to the stretch at the foot and could not be hauled to a flat position for heavy air. I had a Paneled Tri-Radial Pentex/Technora with Tedlar UV cover made and it is awesome and fixed every problem and made it far easier to stow and retrieve. Hope this helps
     


  7. JamesG161

    JamesG161

    Joined Feb 14, 2014
    2,013 posts, 347 likes
    Hunter 430
    US Waveland, MS
    You can get battens for a in-mast furler. It was preferred by a Racing Sailor friend. Battens are not for typical reefing to reduce Sail area, but for stiffening the main in a race.
    I decided NO battens.;)

    The in-mast is just a mechanism. The crew needs to learn how to use the mechanism.
    Once learned, it is a great Safety Device to allow "infinite reefing" from the cockpit.
    Jim...
     


  8. Hayden Watson

    Hayden Watson

    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    386 posts, 57 likes
    Catalina '88 C30 tr/bs
    US Oak Harbor, WA


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  10. Viktor Eysselein

    Viktor Eysselein

    Joined Sep 5, 2009
    110 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter 45 CC
    US Marina del Rey
    Love mine but had to get new sail. Stretched out sail was folding over when furled in and got stuck. Mack Sails did a great job - was a known problem with Hunter 45CC Doyle sails. Keep tension when furling in and stay on a 30 degree port tack to avoid folding over of the sail when furling in. Now no more issues - easy to use! Good luck, Viktor
     


  11. Scott B

    Scott B Moderator

    Joined Sep 20, 2006
    2,461 posts, 78 likes
    Hunter 33
    CA Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada


  12. JamesG161

    JamesG161

    Joined Feb 14, 2014
    2,013 posts, 347 likes
    Hunter 430
    US Waveland, MS


  13. Eureka

    Eureka

    Joined Nov 14, 2016
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Hunter Vision 32
    C Yellowknife NT Canada Yellowknife
    Thank you all very much. I feel more comfortable with the idea of a mast furling main.
     


  14. uncledom

    uncledom

    Joined Jun 11, 2011
    789 posts, 96 likes
    Hunter 41
    US Lewes
    I can also have vertical foam battens. Neither are the same as a "real" batten. Being made of a non stretch material and tri-radial to boot, the sail holds a decent shape. I don't feel the need to complicate things with flavor of the day replacement battens, thanks.
     


  15. seadaddler

    seadaddler

    Joined Dec 19, 2006
    5,196 posts, 96 likes
    Hunter 36
    US Punta Gorda
    I still have my UK sail and have had it repaired a few times
    from racing and yes racing really beat it up but I did stop racing and did win some races and no battens.
    A friend had battens who races every week but went to batten less
    sails saying battens worked good but we’re a lot of work furling back in with out problems and he races and wins often and other hunters also did very well racing racing here,this Hunter 42 did win a race to Cuba and back and cruses to Bahama’s often.
    Just learn proper furling and it will be with out problems and I only rinse the mast with fresh water and have no problems my H-36 is 2007.
    Nick
     



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