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Re: mainsheet sheet control and adjustable genoa cars
We have a traveler in the cockpit forward of the helm. The boat originally had the German, two-winch mainsheet setup, but this was switched to a Harken endless double-sheet system instead. (The winches are much more useful for the spinnaker!) The doubled sheet has a pair of cams on the traveler base car. The tackle provides 4:1 pull on the sheet when both lines are pulled at the same time. It has 8:1 power when only one line is pulled - and either line can be pulled. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/harke...MaApUVEALw_wcB
We have the cams up on our rig, instead of down. We’ve used it to handle our 350 sq' main in winds up to and above 40 knots, so it should be sufficient for your 200 sq’ sail. We don’t have cockpit lockers, so having the traveler there doesn’t make any difference to us. Would it be possible for you to close off part of the locker where the traveler lands and simply have smaller hatches? Another option might be to have the traveler only cross the bottom of the cockpit, or to have the sheet base cam shackled to a padeye forward of the binnacle. Contra’s idea of just leading the sheet back to the helm and putting a cleat there might be the simplest. If you’re single handing you can head up to luff the sail so you won’d need the winch to trim it in, and easing it would also be easy.