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Re: winch size? How critical?
Designing two winches on the aft cabin top is as useful as four with two of the four in the common location forward on the cockpit coamings. Either arrangement is equally not conducive to single-handing. The plus I have often seen with the two winch configuration, is the savings from fewer winches often goes into the two provided being electric, which is pretty sweet.
Otherwise, most any of our common cruising or racing configurations need significant re-work to support convenient single-handing. Of the several dozen wheel-helmed boats I have driven, only the J 34/C was arguably convenient to single-handing.
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Last edited by sailingfool; 09-05-2014 at 01:40 PM.