Re: Catalina 42 ... Why not?
Ok, I'm just a weekend & vacation sailor, but that's every weekend from the beginning of April till the end of November. I've had three boats with in mast furling and that's part of the reason I'm out sailing virtually every day I'm on the boat, when many (most) seem not to bother.
The latest is a 41 Beneteau with vertical battens and it's as completely trouble free as the other 2....and fast. Granted, it's not a boat for ocean cruising.
So, it depends what kind of sailing you plan to do. Sit at the dock or circumnavigate would be one choice, sailing and anchoring most days would be the other.