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Re: Installing ST winches, do I still need cleats?
We haven't used a cleat with our selftailers in the 7 years we've been sailing the boat. Not ever, in any conditions and so far we've had sail up in 70 knots of wind. They are just in the way and I fully intend to take them off one day.
The cleats around the cockpit are not large enough for us to use with dock lines, nor in any position to do so.
As the weather gets up we add more turns, up to six on the 65's.
I don't see how selftailers are any slower than manual tailing; the winch still turns at the same speed, you just have both hands to crank with if one uses the selftailing feature, which I assume would actually make the winch go faster, if one wished.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
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