That price seems very high to me. Ours for a 45', 36,000 lb boat, from North, was something like $3200 with the sock. I would also look for a used sail. Does not have to be in perfect shape since you are not racing
and not using it in really strong winds.
I don't mind the sock, although when it works properly the furler
would be great. We had friends with a furled one on a 44' catamaran
and they were always having problems with it.
One thing to consider, we found that we did not use ours all that much while crossing the Pacific. First off, with just two of us I am not going to use it at night. So picture first light light - we have the genoa
out on a pole (in our case it is an 18' aluminum spinnaker
pole. We would have to take in the sail, take down the pole (say 20 minutes), get the spinnaker
set-up (at least 20 minutes) and then reverse before dark (getting the pole up and the various guys set takes longer than taking it down). So altogether it takes something over an hour - during which we are going quite slow. With the spinn up we do sail faster than with the genoa
(say 1 1/2 knots) so the net would be perhaps 12 miles further a day. Perhaps we are just lazy (will plead guilty) but it just seemed to make sense to keep plugging away with the genoa. BTW, we rarely motor
so the choice is between sails. our boat is quite good in light airs for a heavy boat, but yours is likely better.
Curious as to why you are going through the Med? Are you going to ship to Sri Lanka or wherever the freighters go?