Ditto, eyschulman (I want to be like you in another 20 years
) - it all depends on whether you'll be racing
or otherwise... I rarely race
Layla and typically singlehand - I am very happy with the furling
main with vertical battens - however, if I were racing
, it would be very frustrating indeed.
I believe, it makes life much easier in not having to hoist the main, much easier reefing (& variable reef points!) - the vertical battens have made a significant difference in (cruising) performance vs my older mainsail
I do -on occasion- race
the longer distance off shore races - larger headsail, spinnaker
typically makes up for the furling main handicap. However, if I were to try the around the buoys stuff, I'd be dead meat.