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Another winch option
Forget to mention a system that is used on some main market boats: There are no winches, or a single winch over the cabin and all the winches (four) are on the cockpit, two of them aft, near the wheels. That's the solution that has been increasingly used by Hanse and that offers more flexibility than two winches near the wheel and two over the cabin.
On the case all winches are on the cockpit it means that the rigging is done in a way that all maneuvers are made from there and even if the second pair of winches is not near the wheel they are certainly closer to than on the top of the cabin.
Also more flexibility because you can use the existent winches for more uses, being on the other case the ones over the cabin limited to reefing work or in some cases to move the traveler with strong winds since in most cases the front sail sheets are brought back.
Here the new Hanse 505 that has that system:
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