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Even when we were cruising our twin-foil (non furler) boat we routinely raised the first before dropping the second. We'd raise the "new" sail on the inside groove, then tack, sheet in the new, and drop the "old" sail to the deck as it was now the "inside" sail - very controlled, contained and no significant loss of speed. The beauty of this method is that the sail coming down is easy to contain, it slides down the trimmed sail to the deck. Dropping a luff-rope jib by itself can easily get away from you in a breeze or a seaway, and once part of it goes over the side things can get worse in a hurry.
No reason not to do the same with a twin foil furler.. though I suspect MS is right than not many bother.. but as long as you have two jib halyards this is a good setup to get used to.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)