Features April 2011 Issue

Foil-less Furlers Test

Seldén and Profurl endless-line furlers challenge reigning top-pick Facnor.

Practical Sailor compares two new continuous-line furlers, the Seldén CX15 and Profurl’s new NEX 2.5, with the Facnor FX2500, which was named the PS Best Choice foil-less furler in the March 2008 issue. Testers unfurled the test boat’s sails then sailed a 120-degrees reach, and with the mainsheet blanketing the drifter, eased the sheet and hauled away on the roller furler’s endless line. A spring scale measured the initial tension it took to start the process. If improving your boat’s light-air sailing performance is a priority, a foil-less furler could be a user-friendly, roller-furling solution.

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