Agree 100% - the point of the downhaul tool is to get the setting that is right and to save your back. The North extension with the ratchet on the base is a nice 'built in ' tool so fine tune your sail is a no brainer. Pros and cons have been discussed on the *Board forum before. They may not like sand and do chew through rope - so just think of the rope as an 'expendable' (need 1.8m each time, say at most twice per season depending on your use of same. Have a look on the North website for information on extension lengths etc. Pretty pricey, but...