Dan, same boat. I would not want my feelings on the gear to reach its owner, however. Its a decent piece of gear and I didn't mean to sound harsh. Given the choice, personally, I would still choose the old fashioned variety.
The rally was great fun, nice work on it. I only sailed the leg back though and it was a beam reach for about 4 days. Wet dream.
A new neighbor passing through has a roller boom which he has been satisfied with. It carries full battens and he says is not tempermental.