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Sailed with this arrangement on several motorsailors in the 70 to 80 foot range, and didn't like it for sailing. Very hard to see the luff on the jib or the main, or watch the gear go up or come down (before roller furling), as both had enclosed wheel houses. Great for powering, however.
We have several friends with Amels and they say they like it, but it doesn't appeal to me. The wheel is off center which would make visibility on one tack very difficult, it would seem.
 
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