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We installed a dutchman on our previous cs36. Loved it. Didn't hurt mains performance and was very easy dropping the sail. Flaked all by its self and stayed on top of the boom. Friends of ours have a stack pack on their cal40 and they are equally pleased. The stack pack eliminated the need for a sail cover. Either choice is good and about the same expence.
We have in boom furling on the new boat and it is deffinatly a step up, we never have to leave the cockpit to raise, lower or reef, but you would be looking at around 15k for that upgrade. As far as a mast furling main, you are used to a performance boat and I think the performance of that sail would drive you nuts.
Deffinatly look into a windlass. It's not an expensive add on and you'll never hate hauling up the anchor again.
Another friend of ours had a j34c and unfortunatly I don't remember the foredeck layout. I just remember them constantly getting stuck because of the 7' draft.
Don't go to the dark side.
Several of our friends that are well into their 70's sold their sailboats and bought large powerboats in the past decade for the same reasons you are talking about. This all happened before fuel prices exploded 3 years ago. Everyone of them regrets the decission. It costs them over $1000 a weekend to go anywhere.
There are lots of things you can do to make your boat easier for you to sail.
S/V Deja Vu
Last edited by jimrafford; 07-27-2011 at 06:31 PM.