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Re: Main Halyards - Back to cockpit or keep at mast?
A few questions:
Are you in a slip or a mooring?
Do you have an autopilot?
What's more difficult, raising the main or lowering the main?
I'm on a mooring, and I raise the main before I leave the mooring. So having the main led aft doesn't really matter for the hoist. I still need to go to the mast to retract the lazy jacks (or be REAL careful the battens don't get hung up on the lazy jacks) before I raise the main. And I need to go all the way forward to drop the mooring.
I have an autopilot, so to drop the main I turn Fred (the AP) on and head upwind. Then, for the drop I need to go forward to deploy the lazy jacks. So I like having the main halyard at the mast so I can help the main flake properly as it comes down.
So, for me, on my current 35' I have the main at the mast.
My last boat was 28' with a smaller, easier to handle main. I led the main to the cockpit and it was easy enough to raise and lower from there. Reefing was easy because the single line reef was led aft too.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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