The trend to set the cruising chute on a furling system continues to gather pace.
Owners fed up with dealing with the conventional snuffer systems are happily converting to the Top Down furlers, the vast majority of existing sails can be used on these new systems.
The furler allows the sail to be hoisted up the rig before leaving the berth / mooring. The sail can then be deployed from the comfort and safety of the cockpit, doing away with having to send the crew forward to deal with a snuffer.
Waiting to be fitted we have Karver systems for a Beneteau First 21.7, a Gunfleet 43 and an Oyster 575.
The popularity of these systems is growing because so many people want to use their cruising chute and not leave it buried in the bottom of a locker (or even at home in the garage!) because the crew are fed up with ‘bouncing around the foredeck’ or getting in to trouble with a twisted line.
The skipper of the ‘Tashatoo III’, a Gunfleet 58, that used hers for the first time to cross the Atlantic and who is now enjoying sailing between the Caribbean islands is extremely impressed and reports ‘the a sail and Karver Top Down furler that we bought last year is an awesome bit of kit and great sail’
To discuss the benefits contact Jon Sturmer on 01206 384412