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'Faster' is bang on. I've seen a couple of Simplicity furlers with bent forestay turnbuckles from sailing in high winds with the headsail partly furled. As the wind load tries to unfurl the sail, the furling line places high side loads on the drum. With Simplicity the drum is clamped at the top of the turnbuckle, which isn't made to take side loads. I've seen one break in half on a 25' boat. Most reefing furlers have heavy turnbuckles or link plates to transfer the side load to the hull. You can take a Profurl's furling line to a winch while the sail is under load and it'll reef in fine.
"Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse."
- Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, 81 B.C.