Originally Posted by Edward3
Got back to looking at Pogo 30 website and finally noticed there are only 4 winches on cabin top??? Odd arrangement if shorthanded, would mean the auto pilot will need to be on a lot to go from tiller to cabin top to trim sails.
That's exactly the shorthanded concept, Edward.
No backbreaking exercises on the leeward coamings, where any strong gust can throw you into the guardrails. All winching is being done straight upright, in a much more comfortable, efficient and especially safe position. Within the cockpit, behind the coachroof and if necessary under coverage of the sprayhood. And –last but not least- looking straightforward at what you're actually doing with the powerful winch, which is certainly very helpful for not unnecesseraly destroying expensive gear.
The advanced position of the single tiller on e.g. the 12.50 should allow you to winch solo without leaving the helm. But let's be honest, since we only have two hands, without competent crew most of us will engage the autopilot anyway before trimming the sails. At least I do.
Except for the main - that's if good hardware such as a performant sheet track is available - I don’t think many of us would try to hold the tiller/wheel in one hand and winch e.g. any foresail sheet with the other.
So this concept really does work very well, especially shorthanded.