I love mine. They do not rely strictly on the electric motor
, switching to manual operation involves simply flipping a toggle on the unit to disengage the clutch
and inserting a handle. Manual operation is easy, even on mine which has a 76' stick. It does mean you can't have battens, unless you want to go with vertical battens or inflatables. Both have known drawbacks. As long as the rig was designed for a furler
it won't matter, they just stick on a few extra feet of mast
height to provide the necessary sail area. You could easily just leave the sail unfurled and hoist it in the extrusion old-school every time, but I cant imagine why you would when manual operation is so easy. If you are really interested in learning
more about this unit, I have factory manuals
and could post pics. And yes, you can drop the sail while it is partially or even totally furled even if the gears jam up and manual operation is not an option either...