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No, there is no use wasting money trying to make the POS Hood continuous line furler work when reefed. No matter what you do to the reefing lines, the jaws can and will slip. Even better, they will slip when you least want them to, in the big gusts.
My wife and I had the 150 on our C36 suddenly and completely unfurl on a beat in 25+ knots causing us to completely loose control of the boat momentarily. Then the sail flogged wildly, doing it a world of good, until we could get it furled. Fortunately, we were not near any shoal water or other boats at the time, or things could have been even more interesting. We ditched the Hood at the end of last season and will be sailing with a Profurl this year.
I'd recommend either accepting that you can't reef the headsail or investing in a new furler. Hood offers a discount on a reefable model for folks that own their POS furler, but I didn't think it was a good enough deal to get me to seriously consider it. I was set on Harken, but after talking to several riggers, decided on Profurl, based on value and price. The Harken unit for my boat was just more than I could spend, and the Profurl has proven it's robust and reliable, if not the most "feature rich."
The only complaints with Profurl are it's heavy (Ok for my cruising C36) and the sealed bearings will eventually leak and rust. I figure if you replace the bearings at the end of the 10 year warranty, the furler won't owe you anything by the time the second set wears out.
HTH and good luck.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36