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  1. Furling systems by either Harken or Schaefer would be best. The ones with aluminum extrusions. I would prefer the latest Harkens because their drums are easily removed so you can adjust the turnbuckle easily. If the customer step/unstep the mast by themselves then the CDI furler is better - no aluminum extrusions to accidentally bend! I personally use a CDI furler. Yes, the internal halyard on the CDI is a pain to use. I almost bought the Schaefer Snapfurl, their PVC extrusion furler system for trailer sailors (like me) but my sailmaker told me to stick to CDI - it doesn't twist as much as the Schaefer, apparently. He loves Schaefer but just not that Snapfurl furler. I have no knowledge about the Alado furler...
  2. Lighthouses

    Just so you know - that lighthouse was built by the Ancient Romans 1900 years ago! Til the 20th century, it was known as the Farum Brigantium. Oldest Roman lighthouse still in use today. It's been in constant use since the 2nd century. The lighthouse did have a neoclassical restoration in 1788 which made it 69 feet taller. But the guts of the lighthouse is Roman and is easily visible if you get into it.
  3. Anchor Geekdom

    Thought some of you weird anchor nerds might enjoy this article. It is about the Herreshoff anchor. Otherwise known as fisherman anchor. Many people don't know that the fisherman anchors seen today generally was developed by Captain Nat himself. The anchor form is several hundred years old but around 1870-1910 Captain Nat tested and refined the fisherman anchor. Extreme nerdery warning: Even includes some algebra! http://www.woodenboat.com/herreshoff-three-piece-stock-anchor-0
  4. My Next Boat

    Just to weight in with my untold hours of window shopping for sailboats... Look seriously at the most expensive sailboats in your range. For example, a Cal 40 will have a listing price range between 30 to 60 grand. The 60 grand one usually is the best deal. It most likely has a new engine, newer upholstery, sails, head, and so on. If you buy the cheapest one, you then load it up with all of the latest goodies, you usually end up paying more than the costly one, not including lost hours fixing something. Hence, take a hard look at the most expensive one you find. Better to go sailing than to deal with a finicky motor or whatever!
  5. this video takes a little while but it's worth watching.

    All those nagging little suspicions in the back of your head are all true.