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Old 05-05-2009, 05:36 PM   #1
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I am looking for some feed-back in comparing the ProFurl 420 (newer design) with the NCi 42. They both would fit my rigging dimensions. We are a ketch, so sail area per is reduced somewhat. We sail in the carribean, so winds are typically 15 to 30 knots.

Profurl seems only to be promoting the new systems. One web site categorized the NC & LC systems as "offshore" & the newer "420", "430" etc. as "Coastal"....Any comments or revelations would be appreciated. BTW, ProFurls web page calls the 420 (etc) the improved system from thier "Classic"...

Anyone who has experience or seen both types of systems???
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Hello There,

The 420's range is up to 45ft whereas the NCi42's limit is 42ft.

However, as a ketch :-

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Either model will do - the NCi42's list price is higher than the 420 - if that means anything.

Generally speaking the modern furling gear is pretty robust - problems that occur are often due to poor alignment of sheets - to and from the unit.

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Richard, my tendency is to agree with you, in that most systems are robustly built. Does anyone have experience with the Profurl 420 or 430 series? Any riggers want to add thier two cents worth?

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I have many years with the old style...never a problem (TOUCH WOOD!) It would be interesting to see how they improved something that never broke. Sounds to me like cost reduction engineering.
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My 37' sloop came with a NC42. This unit does not allow a turnbuckle on the forestay. I find that I carry more tension than I would choose on the backstay in order to maintain sufficient tension on the forestay. In a recent re-rig, my excellent rigger said he did not like this aspect of the NC42. (The NCi means it will accept a turnbuckle). It would be worth looking into this.
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Are we talking about the same models ?

Lonestar has :-

ProFurl 420 (newer design) with the NCi 42.

babylonlarry has :-

NC42 comparing it with NCi 42.
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Are we talking about the same models ?
I am just bringing up the question of forestay turnbuckle compatibility. I am unfamiliar with the 420. Larry
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This is what agents have to say re these models :-

420 :-

After 20 years of experience gained through the collaboration with top sailors and after equipping thousands of yachts, PROFURL introduce TWO new furling system ranges. The Cruising systems are dedicated to 5 to 26 meters boats and offer the sailors security and strength for a longer life.

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NCi42:-

Twin groove, round section extrusions, 42 mm (1 21/32") diameter. Fixed drum. Maximum forestay diameter: 12 mm (1/2"), with or without a turnbuckle. Maximum genoa area : 55 sq. m. (538 sq. ft.).

Allows installation on virtually every forestay terminal :

- With a turnbuckle, the drum can be fitted low to deck. In this case please order an optional turnbuckle cylinder.

- With or without a turnbuckle, you can also raise the drum off from deck (to avoid damaging your system with your anchor). In this case please order optional long link plates

Standard investment stainless steel feeder. The most popular Classic model, has enhanced PROFURL's legendary reputation for more than 15 years , for boats from 11 to 14 m (37 to 42 ft).

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