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Roller furling is a wonderful advancement in sailing, I would never go without after having such a system, unless you are soley racing and want to select a differnent jib for each upwind leg.
Even though I routinely change jibs to have the prpoer size for current conditions, I still found roller furling a pleasure. Two trips out of three, setting and dousing the jib took only seconds, and the forepeak was less crowded at rest. Absolutely the way to go for a cruiser.
While you are at it, look for an underdeck autopilot and a bimini too.
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