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  • #4760
    SWG
    SWG
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    How do people sail with only two winches? Say you are doing a distance race and you needed to do a headsail change, how would you manage it if you only had two cabin top winches?

    #4905

    Doug Hosford
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    Chaos Theory has two 40ST’s on the cabin top with cam cleats on the vertical surface behind them. We always run the #1 Genoa to the leeward side winch. We have turning blocks aft of cabin top tracks to cross sheet the #3 to the windward winch so during a jib/Genoa change, the new sail can be sheeted before releasing the old. If a halyard needs tensioning, the top half of either winch can be used with the self tailer ( not ofter necessary).

    #4906
    SWG
    SWG
    Keymaster

    Thanks, that’s useful. We have new Harken 35ST’s going on the cabin top this week. We have not removed the cockpit winches yet.

    Interesting placement of the cam cleats, we will look at that. Ours are on the companionway hatch slide now.

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