admittedly I don't have a large boat, but I set myself up this last summer with a Facnor furler that worked very well. I cut down the height of my turtle bag in half because when the sail is coiled it takes up much less space. I used a Facnor furler that was reasonably priced but I didn't use the Facnor recommended line running from torque rope
to leach of sail. I rigged the standard top down system with the head
fixed to the top of the torque rope. The torque rope does develop some memory and you should always turn it the same direction. I never ever had any trouble getting it in when the wind came up to be to strong, and I sail mostly single
handed. A few times in the beginning a got a problem with it furlin over itself down low. I think it might have been a result of the torque load easing on the torque rope causing a reverse twist. Now that I've used this setup I can't ever imagine going back to the sock. On a larger boat I would recommend spending the money
for the Profurl system with the plastic balls on the torque rope. I think the balls would eliminate any reverse twist problems, and make the whole torque rope a larger diameter causing the sail to furl in bit faster and need less rotation. Other than that I say go for it!