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Re: Mostly singlehanded...what lines should I run aft?

Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Okay. What if the boat is big enough that there is plenty of room in the 15 ft cockpit for the lines and electric/hydraulic winches easily overcome the friction and the mast is 25+ ft away.
Outstanding question. Truly outstanding.

You still have the issue of water through the dodger which is fundamentally bad.

I have one electric winch and am shopping for a second. Still, there are a lot of ways to break your boat with electric or hydraulic winches. Have you ever seen a furler explode? I have.

It is too easy to confuse friction with an overload due to some other factor.

In my opinion it takes the experience of grinding against a load to feel the impact (or see it in the reduction of line diameter) of a problem before you break something.

I have lots of stories. *grin*
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