I have heard of people using a windlass to haul up the sails
, but it does add complication. You would need to have a very strong turning block at the base of the mast
and then a clutch
to prevent the haliard from loosening. All doable, but it cuts into some of the savings. Also, as far as I know, most windlasses are not self-tailing, so that is a bit of disadvantage, though I have never had self-tailing haliard winches anyway. By the way, ever since I had a turning block explode under load and the sheeve flew by my head
at probably 100 mph missing my ear by 1/2 inch, I have never liked turning blocks that have a vector pointing the sheeve towards the crew.