I sailed a lot growing up on a 3 footer with traveller on bridgedeck in front of companionway, and have chartered on boats with cabin top travellers. My current
boat is luckily endowed with end boom sheeting with traveller at aft end of cockpit
, before lazarette.
By far the end boom is best. Only need 4:1, and easily reached. Also can sail with full cockpit enclosure and joined dodger and bimini
. Bridgedeck is nice from sailing perspective, but I never liked it from safety/cruising perspective. One uncontrolled gybe as someone comes out of cabin or sits across from mainsheet and they can easily be thrown overboard
I didn't like sailing cabintop sheeting boats, but they all needed a winch
on cabintop to trim. PITA and tough to reach by helmsman. That said, out of way and can have cockpit enclosure... Some boats with mainsheet ending by wheel
are okay. Tiller is a solution to issue of reachability as well.