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Depends on what you're trying to do. To setup a self-tending jib, with a furler, you can often install a jib traveler track, and then have the jib attached to a single sheet, that goes through a block on the traveler. A setup like this is used on the Solings that have self-tending jibs.
Installing a self tending jib with a boom is probably more work and effort, for not a lot of return. The traveler you'd need to setup for the boom is pretty much the same as the one you'd setup for the rig above.
The real problem I see you running into, is that all of the "self-tending" jib rigs are limited to jibs that fit within the foretriangle. If your boat is one that needs a bigger headsail for better performance, then you're not going to be happy with the results. IMHO, not a lot of point to installing a furling mechanism for a headsail that is on ly 100% of the foretriangle.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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