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best roller furlers
Thanks for the opinion, and in response I can only say this: If it ain''t broke, don''t fix it. My Harken roller furler has served me very well for years. Why go backwards (in my humble opinion) to hank-on sails? And yes, I agree that a 30 inch tall lifeline with a solid SS top rail would be nice and secure, but I''m not about to make my lovely sloop look like a Bayliner.
There are several on here with a predilection for manhandling sails, whether it be hank-on jibs or no socks for spinnakers. If you race, and/or sail with lots of crew, that may be fine for you. I singlehand, so I like the aid of some modern sailhandling. Perhaps that''s why I have my own boat -- I can set it up the way that suits me, and I trust all the others reading this do the same for their boats.
And even with a 30 inch tall, solid SS top rail, if you don''t have to go forward at all in iffy conditions, you''re better off.