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Roller furling will make things easier to deal with esp if you're going to be shorthanded (ie sailing alone or with one other person).. but it's not essential - it's a convenience that has become de riguer these days.
Your plan to lurk and read here is a good one... check out sailing publications, google all the terms and procedures that make no sense to you now, by summer you can launch and put all that to use. Best of luck!
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