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I think many people might agree that while an A3 can work fine on a furler, a true A2 is not as easy to get working well.I'm refurbing a 27-foot 'last-century' long keeler, including sails.... one of which should be an A-sail on a shortish jib-boom, probably of about A2 calibre. My arrangements are for single-handing ease-of handling - especially avoiding foredeck work in rising breeze and gathering night - and I had it in mind that certainly included having the A-sail on a decent furler.
Thanks for that perspective.....your other option would be to go with more of an A3, and get a furler. The A3 will behave better than a true A2. Yes, you give up a bit of down wind VMG, but unless you are racing..., it's probably better to have a system that you can depend on when it counts...
Three things occurr to me. First you talk about your agility and secondly you have a smallish boat which will inevitably move about more and then lastly you have sold the pole which says a lot about your style of sailing.. In that situation, not much different to my own, I would not consider anything that had me leaping about the foredeck in rising bad weather. My own experience of a sock is that it involved me in going forward , messing about with self tangling ropes whilst hanging on to the mast with one hand. Its stored in the loft now and has been for 9 years or so. I would rather tackle my symetrical spinnakers without it.I spent half a morning today, in a frontal-rainy Plymouth, inquiring about 'A' sails' shapes and gear.... from two very local sailmakers. I got two very divergent, honest views. Am I surprised? I am, however, confused.... So let me throw open the question to this congregation.
I'm refurbing a 27-foot 'last-century' long keeler, including sails.... one of which should be an A-sail on a shortish jib-boom, probably of about A2 calibre. My arrangements are for single-handing ease-of handling - especially avoiding foredeck work in rising breeze and gathering night - and I had it in mind that certainly included having the A-sail on a decent furler.
"OK", said the one s'maker. "Roll it up, and drop it - rolled - onto the deck. Deal with it easily, then."
"Not happy with that", said t'other. "You'll still need to go on the foredeck to sort it all out - frequently. You'll end up removing the furler kit and selling it on YBW...... What you want is a snuffer."
Now, I'm no longer agile enough to be wrestling with exhuberant wet sailcloth., up to my armpits in intermittent green stuff, solo. Been there, done that, got the torn fingernails and broken nose..... I've already sold the provided spi-pole and bought beer. That bridge is burnt behind me. It so happens I already have a decent Bartels Gennex continuous-line furling kit for a larger boat, and I also have a sock of sorts. One of them has to go.
So what's the consensus?