My reasoning was two fold. One, I Like the convenience. Two, My wife likes the convenience.
As for the weight aloft, it is not enough to concern meThe whole unit is less than 30 pounds.
It gives me piece of mind to know when my wife is on watch, and I am asleep, she will not have to leave the cockpit
to reef sails
As for sail shape, I can see potential benefits, and have read many articles on the potential draw backs. I can live with the possibility of lower performance.
The cost was very reasonable for me. The Reefurl system is very reasonably priced, and very simple. Well under $1500. The stand off for the mast, and the mount for the lower end of the stay was made for me by a member
here at very fair price
. The stay is made of two used Norsman fittings, and 38' of 1/4" wire. Additionally, I needed to modify how the stays mounted to the mast head
, and had to add track, and a car system to the boom. All off the shelf stuff from Garhauer.
The system I have is designed, and provides instructions for modifying a standard sail for use with the furler
.The battens must be removed, and a rope
luff added. I located a used sail at Minney's that was already set up, then had a local sail loft modify it to fit my boat.
The one glitch I still need to resolve is that my topping lift
interferes with the furler
, so I will need to add a solid vang to eliminate the need for the topping lift
. I will also add a boom gallows, something I intended anyway. Until I can afford that adition, we will not be ready to sail. As soon as we are, there will be photos posted, and I will give a full account of how this worked for me.