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Re: winch size? How critical?

I think 40's are too small for your boat. I have Anderson 40's on the coamings and Anderson 28's on the cabintop - on a 27' boat. Probably a bit larger than I need but I am not young anymore.

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Have 50s on a 38. Nice and easy.
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Thanks! Now I understand, but I have to agree that is one lousy arrangement. My Cal 33-2 has 5 winches. Two primaries, two secondaries on the cabin top, plus one to handle the main sheet. And there are spots for 2 more primaries for those that race with a spinnaker. Can't imagine being limited to only 2 winches.

With regard to the main question, my primaries are Barient 23 self-tailers which are marginal. My previous boat (30 foot Cal 9.2) had Barient 26s and it took some adjustment to go to a bigger boat with smaller winches. I have gotten used to them however.
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Now you understand why we want two more winches placed back of the cockpit.
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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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