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Re: Caribbean, What works and doesn't
Ever try using the windlass instead of a winch. It still requires two people, but it's a lot faster and safer.
All of our halyards (main, jib, spin and staysail) all route behind the dodger to the cockpit cabin top, where there is an electric winch. I just need someone there to push the button, while another guides her up the side. The davits are a one person operation. A buddy just bought a boat with electric davit winches. Iíll have to see how cool that is this season. However, the manual effort is not an issue at all, for our light rib. Itís just a clunky time consuming process.
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