I am not moaning about anything - just don't get why this was considered a difficult stunt instead of standard sail work. Guess it shows my age or something. Anyway, the reason we got the tough-luff and put the luff tape on our sails was because once everyone else was going that way they had basically no interuption in sailing and were flying on by while we had just the main up unhanking one sail and hanking on another one. Old IOR boats are going noplace under just the main.
I will admit that if something forced me to have no more furling gear the hanks would come right on back. For *cruising*, dropping a luff-groove sail is a PITA because it goes everywhere. The hanked-on jib at least will only be a little bit overboard at worst.