Originally Posted by Minnewaska
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*