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I will jump in on a quick reply here...

Most sailors are lazy and most sailors have traditional mains. I am just as guilty as anyone. A quick untie of the refer line on the jib, pull the sheets, and you are sailing. Very easy and easy to control. Getting both sails out is a bit more of a hassle. It is easier with two people or if you have an autopilot since you need to keep the nose in the wind.

Also, as I mentioned before, many sailors have traditional mains that have to be raised. I BET YOU WILL FIND more and more sailors running with just a main that have inmast or inboom furling. It is almost (ALMOST) as easy as pulling out the jib. Once up, it is easier to control since you can tack without even moving your butt from the chair. I also feel most boats sail better with the main than the jib/genny.

Did that answer your question?? Of course, I am not the definitive answer, just my thoughts.

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