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On smaller boats or with real good purchase in your mainsheet tackle Scotty's method can work.. on boats often requiring a winch to trim the main then this is a real problem.. and my major objection to mid-boom or out-of-cockpit sheeting arrangements.
I have seen arrangements where, instead of leading the sheet back along the cabintop, it's run down to the deck and back to the rear of the cockpit to a secondary winch, e.g., and accessible to the helmsman. These arrangements can also be made double ended for easy access regardless of which tack you're on.
This can create an obstruction or tripping hazard to crew moving forward, however, so needs to be designed in a way to minimize that, and the cockpit coaming/side deck arrangement has to be workable too. (ie fair leads from gooseneck to deck, chafing/interference issues with cabintop or coamings...) But many boats that don't race, or don't fly kites, and are equipped with secondary winches might be so adapted.
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Last edited by Faster; 11-17-2009 at 12:36 PM.