Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Main Halyards - Back to cockpit or keep at mast?
While it sounds like a convenient thing to do and it sure would be nice to not have to make my way up, tethered, with winch handle in-hand while trying to keep the helm locked to keep pointed in the right direction, I can see some problems with lowering the sail or reefing from the cockpit. Single-handing, you can only be in one place at a time. I have everything available at the mast to raise and lower sails, reef, put the ties on the main if lowering completely, adjust the cunningham or downhaul, and hang the slack line. It just seems like a lot of extra lines and things to get fouled for doubtful real benefit and I feel like I'd be going up there anyway.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.