I've sailed on a couple of 40 footers where we used the winch routinely to furl the jib, but I never use a winch on my Beneteau 23's Furlex. Have heard of people untwisting the wire of the forestay using a winch to furl when something is binding up.
Agree whole-heartedly with the folks that say to check for something binding. I'd do some test furls dockside on a calm day. Definitely check for the halyard wrapping around the forestay. I've got the Harken roller lead on my mast to take care of that problem.
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Lake St. Clair, MI