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Old 04-04-2007
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If you are single handing, you are likely to have the autopilot steering, and most modern autopilots can do an "auto-tack" of about 100 degrees or so. If that is the case, the Elan sounds like the better setup, since the mainsheet and genoa sheets are relatively close to each other. Generally, when you're tacking, you don't have to do much with the mainsheet, so its position is somewhat less critical IMHO.

It sounds like the Elan's setup is probably going to work better, and having the traveler up on the cabin top makes getting in and out of the cockpit much simpler.
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