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Re: Cam cleat placement for jib sheets?
I've moved on from a rather spartan catboat to a bigger boat with lots of bells and whistles (and self-tailing winches). For many years, though, I was a real Luddite for the 15 years I owned the catboat. ("Luddite" sounds better than "frugal" and a whole lot better than "cheap".)
The mainsheet attached to the 19 ft boom on the catboat was stopped around a horn cleat. No winch. Did that for 15 years and never considered anything fancier. We raced her for years and did a lot of fine tuning of the sail trim, too, so the bronze cleat stayed polished.
Looking at the photos, I don't see a compelling need to upgrade your hardware if you are not so inclined. About the only "hardware" I added to my catboat was lazyjacks--and that was after getting caught in 30 kts and wondering how I could conveniently drop everything, including the 14 ft gaff, and keep the sail and me in the boat.