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Exactly how large a boat are we talking about. Anything reasonably sized, say up to 45', should be operable with electric or manual winches. Increasing the complexity of a boat and going to one that requires mechanical assistance is a good way to get in trouble. Chances are pretty good that when the gear fail, it will be at a time when it is least convenient to deal with such a failure—during a storm or engine failure or such.
Hydraulic and electric winches are an awfully good way to break stuff too. Since there is no real feedback on the progress, like you would get from a manual winch, it is even more important to keep your eyes on the what the winch is working on...and to stop if anything looks even the tiniest bit off.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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