I have what I consider a senior friendly boat. I have an old CDI
behind the mast
furler/reefer and an electric winch
in the cabin
where all lines come too. I am very happy with this arrangement. I may be losing a bit in sail shape performance but I am not racing
so I don't care. I still keep up or stay ahead of most ketches under sail. I find myself using the sails
a lot more because they are very easy to deploy and retrieve. This system was factory installed 31 years ago. It was not an add to the mast but was part of the mast design.(welded points of attachment).