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Later in this book you will find a chapter by Lane Finley on the benefits of traditional hanked-on sails over roller furling.
We have long used roller furling on Morgan’s Cloud and would not be without it. The thought of changing headsails that can weigh over 100-pounds dry, and far more wet, doublehanded on a wildly tossing foredeck, every time the wind changes, gives me the horrors. I served my time as bowman on an ocean racer and I’m not going back!
However, roller furling, as Lane so rightly points out, is not without its disadvantages. Here is how we manage those disadvantages and the compromises we make: