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You are correct, the reason the sails don't roll reef well is completely because of the cut of the sails. They just weren't designed for it. They aren't modified hank ons but they don't have foam in the luff and due to the cut and a little bit of age they catch more air when reefed than they should. I personally don't like to reef a jib either, I prefer to have the right sail up for the conditions, but that's just me. We are doing away with the furler due to it's age, it's not a reputable brand, and if it does fail there's nothing else other than the foil keeping the mast out of my cockpit. I also agree that wire is better than rod for cruising. The worry I have now with the rod is that although it "looks" alright, I've seen rod fail without warning before. Atleast wire looks tired berfore it fails and it is more easily replaced. I don't want to turn this into a rod vs. wire debate, it's just a matter of preferance. On the other side of that argument thought, a tall rig like ours is stronger, more easily tuned, and (as Hellosailor pointed out) worth more for resale if it had rod. I would opt for rod if it costed the same but it doesn't so I'm looking at the pros of wire. Let's face it, if your rig fails, it's going to fail with little warning.
I wouldn't compare wire rigging to a gas engine. There are pros and cons to wire other than cost. There are NO pros to a gas engine on a cruising boat other than cost. NONE. But your point about resale is well noted.