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Have you read this essay?

Perhaps I don’t understand your problem but the reefing system is hoisted and tensioned just like any Genoa. The beauty of the Bartels system is that it needs no rigging modifications, except perhaps the length of the Genoa halyard.

With the boat on the trolley it leans just enough forward to have a steady mast without stay or shrouds. I often step the mast before fixing the shrouds and the stay. I find this an easy way to disentangle the lines after a road trip.

Should you decide to use a safety wire you have to hoist the furling system before stepping the mast. In that case you can hold the reefing system like you are currently used to holding the stay. When single handed I use the drum control line through its fairlead (near the bow), cleated in one of the spi-guy cleats next to a shroud as a safety catch. When kept under constant tension it even keeps the drum floating in mid air, preventing scratches to the deck. But it is much easier with a crew that walks the drum forward while I raise the mast. I use this method even if I sail without a safety wire. Because I stow the reefing system with some bungees alongside the mast while traveling, it is less work to do it that way. Note that while traveling the sail and its cover and a small piece of foam prevent chaffing. Also my mast strut/lighting board has a separate cut-out for the furler.

The sleeve is hoisted by the spinnaker halyard and if you don’t have one, you could add a small block to the mast where the stay used to be. Don’t use the Genoa halyard for hoisting a sleeve, it is far better used for tensioning the rig. A cover halyard could be tied to the (now disfunctional) boom eye.

One of the design goals was to get rid of the halyard, that is to say, to have the sail furl around it. Any distance holder and bungee system will fail sometimes, and always when you least want it to fail. A furler will jam if it catches the halyard.

PS here is a PDF version of the aforementioned essay.