We have 3 jammers ahead of two plain winches, one each side of the companionway
. These two share all halyard
and reefing jobs (main halyard
, 3 reef lines (two reeef points - fore reef line is shared). We also have our topping lift
there (but this is only because we do not have a hard kicker).
Next we have two cockpit
(genoa) winches, plain.
If I were to improve, I would do the following:
- make the two companionway
winches selftailing (while holding on to the jammers).
- make the cockpit
fat winches self tailing (while holding on to genoa
- add two smaller cockpit winches aft of our genoa
winches (call them spinnaker
So, to make a long story short-er, my dream layout would look as follows:
- two selftailers one each side of companion, with threeway jammers just ahead,
- two fat selftailers in the cockpit, with cleats just aft,
- two secondary winches of any style aft of the genoa winches.
Total 6, 4 of which seltailers. Two fatsos and four smaller calibers.
Why jammers or cleats and selftailers? Well, you need one hand less (jammers, I pull halyards and reeflines via locked jammers) and I hate the sound of genoa sheet flogging on a self-tailer (there seems way less noise
if the sheet is cleated on the opposite side of the winch).
I made it very long, I know. But I do love winches.
PS I like my kite halyard in the cockpit when there is someone there but I like it at the mast when I hoist and douse the kite alone ... so, yes, another winch
- on the mast, a plain one.