Modern in-mast and in-boom furling systems really can allow you to enjoy the right sail shapes… (but not all of them!)
Mainfurl is the brainchild of Steen Kjolhede and his stepson Peter Westfal from Denmark. Steen is an ex-Olympic Finn sailor who has a lifetime of experience working on or around boats as a sailor, naval architect, sailmaker, and spar maker, whilst Peter also has more than 20 years’ experience as a sailmaker working for Elvstrøm and North. Together they have set out to revolutionize the furling boom industry with a focus on making safe, reliable, and elegant furling booms that are also available for smaller yachts.
They founded the company in 2019 along with two other partners, CEO Claus Hulegaard who manages production, and strategist Carsten Mikkelsen who is head of the board. Together they first targeted boats in the 40ft to 60ft size range, quickly building links with the world’s major spar-makers whose products are typically aimed at the 55-foot-plus market segment. They now have eight boom molds, which enables them to select a mold that is ideally sized for boats ranging from 35ft all the way up to 90ft. Read on.