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You'll get opinions pro and con about self tailers. Personally, I don't like them at all for racing, but wouldn't do without them for cruising, and especially for sailing short-handed. IMHO, when racing, they make it a little difficult to strip the sheets off the winches quickly when they're under load. I might have a different opinion if I were racing a bigger boat (over about 50 feet)
I have used "Winchers" a few times, and, for cruising or sailing short-handed, they seem to work almost as well as self-tailers.