Yes, I have heard of those, but I have been looking into the possibility of puuting 'slab' reef points in the main, which is in decent enough shape. I have also been looking into a roller reefing genoa system.
As I sail mainly alone, trips to the foredeck can be a bit scary at times.
How often are you going to reef? I'd spend the money on furling gear for the genoa. Someone posted an ad they'd seen in which some was being given away to anyone who'd collect it. Usually costs a bit more than that though.
I sail mainly in the Bristol Channel and the wind can be very variable in parts - as an example, on a recent trip to Portishead, I reefed & unreefed the main, as well as change foresails 4 times in a 3 hour period.
Where was that ad posted? I am currently not working, so anything for free is a massive bonus!
A Kicking Strap is the pully system that runs from the base of the aft face of mast at the deck to the boom.
The purpose of it is to pull down the boom thus altering the curvature of the leach of the mainsail.
On the photo of Conch Pearl the leach has too much curvature which is what one would expect if, as the owner stated, the kicker had been removed to reef because of his boom roller reefing.
In those circumstances if a reefing claw has not been fitted it is possible to roll a strop or even a sailbag inside the main when reefing.
This then will give a suitable reefing point on the boom.