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Re: Mostly singlehanded...what lines should I run aft?
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*
Not following what you mean by water through the dodger.
Ironically, the last block that let go on me was in the BVI while I was manually grinding. However, I think the clevis pin backed out of the shackle.
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