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Old 08-07-2008
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Older, external wrapped boom roller reefing systems usually suck with respect to the reefed sail shape. They also have issues with preventers, boom vangs and such, since they can't be attached to the boom—since it rotates.

The newer ones are a bit better, since the roller is inside the boom, and they can be used with vangs and preventers. However, they generally have issues with reefed sail shape still and many can't use full battens. They're also a problem if they jam.

IMHO, Slab or jiffy reefing is the way to go—simple, relatively easy, hard to screw up.
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