Does this mod make it harder to manage the sheet and furling line at the same time?
easier, i found that slight tension is nescessary to prevent tangles and to keep the line from fouling the furling drum, so one hand is pulling on the sheet and one is slightly holding the furler line. when furling, i just release the sheet and pull like crazy on the furler. furling has actually gotten a little easier and i've had less fouling.
I mounted the final cheek block as high as possible to prevent fouling in the furler and i may still add a wedge to raise it further. i have about a quarter inch of space between the furler and the mast bearing plate.
Are the cheek blocks and the cam cleat the same model as used elsewhere on the boat?
yes. had to special order the wedge underneath the cam from Hobie, the rest was off the shelf from west marine (or defender.com). i matched the bolt length with the existing cams but you definately need the wedge or it interferes when removing/ installing the akas.
What are the specs of the line you used?
it's 7mm racing line, on clearance at the local west marine. i paid $.44/foot but it's worth about $4/foot. it's slightly larger than the the stock furling line and the same as the sheet.
I'm still thinking of buying both whole rolls, lol
I notice that the front aka is predrilled on the port side but the rear is not - any treatment necessary after drilling holes in it to prevent corrosion?
i drilled and tapped new holes, with blue locktite to do double duty on corrosion and prevent slip.