I guess I'll answer my own question !
I restricted my search to Hood
, Profurl, Harken
, and Schafer these being commonly used and sold in my geographic location.
I rejected the Schafer on the grounds of cost. Much more expensive than the others.
After lots of research
, I rejected the Profurl on the grounds of cost, the difference of opinions on "sealed bearings", some people saying the furler was difficult to furl, and apparently no independent tack swivel. Also negative comments about user support didn't help.
I seriously considered the Harken
Unit 1, I liked the single
slot, the installation
manual, the way the extrusions were connected to one another, and the top piece. However, it had no independent tack swivel, and it was not built as heavily as my final chosen model.
My final chosen model was a Hood Seafurl 5, model 235. The price
was good, given that Hood were giving a rebate if you already had a Hood (which I had). It had an independent tack swivel. (These give the sail a better shape when reefing). It was well built, heavy and sturdy. The head
swivel was built like a tank compared to the Harken. The drum was made of stainless steel
which I preferred to the Harken composite. On the down side the installation
manual was terrible. However, the unit comes with a DVD
showing how to assemble it. I'll see how good that is and report back.