Yes, absolutely. I don't race so I have no need for that extra ease of
use. I mainly use it for busting out through the surf, or simply
extending my sailing sessions by not having to rig up or down as much.
I also want the "lowest profile" and "cleanest" setup - plus I didn't
want to pay too much $$$ to set it up. Cost me all of $6 bucks for the
strap - I already had the line so that's it. (Although Bruce P. says my
next strap will cost $500 but he'll throw in a sail with that ;)
I've often thought about a roller hook on the clew grommet - if that's
what you're talking about - would be killer for racing. I would think
that would help significantly. But since I don't really need it - less
to hassle with.
Those who race here in the NG would probably want one of the 8:1 pulley
setups so they can adjust on the fly, with very little effort - I know
if I were racing, I would want that type of setup.
I've added a roller-clasp to my downhaul pulley on my 9.6 and it's made
a big difference - you really can tell if you're not using one, how big
a difference the true rollers make.
> > I imagine the HPL's with the rollers in the rear end will be sweet.
> > Much easier to adjust than without.
> I'd also be willing to bet that it would be easier if you got a 3 or 4
> roller hook to use also.
> I got a chance to try out that system last summer, and I noticed the same
> things that you mentioned.. that it was nearly impossible to get a good
> amount of outhaul set while the sail was powered. If I depowered the sail, I
> could crank it all the way out with just a little difficulty. I was thinking
> that it was because I was on a large sail (9.6) that I was having problems.
> I'm thinking that this system is good for recreational sailors, but if you
> want to race, you need to go with a jam cleat system.