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Having the mainsheet led through a rope clutch is quite common on (newer) cruising boats, it can be a bit awkward when sailing singlehanded or shorthanded.
The PO of my boat (Benetau First 38) rearranged the mainsheet to what is called a “German sheeting” arrangement, using the spinnaker winches for the mainsheet and using the genoa winches for both genoa and spinnaker.
This spring I did another improvement in the main sheet arrangement:
Originally the control lines for the traveler were cleated at the end of the traveler, a bit unpractical since you would have to go out on the side deck around the dodger to adjust or dump the traveler.
I mounted a sheave in the traveler beam leading the line back to the cockpit using new spinlock PXR cleats to cleat the line. This operate in a neat way you lift the rope to release and you drag downwards to lock the line.
Now am able to control the traveler from the cockpit – I can even do it from the steering wheel.