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Old 11-02-2013, 13:36   #1
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What is this winch for?

I keep seeing a winch in the cockpit where I don't expect it, e.g. attached shows such a winch on a Lagoon 39. I've seen similar on an FP Helia 44. Is it for a spinnaker of other large foresail kind?

If so, does the line ultimately run to the helm from there, across the companionway?

If not, how would that square with e.g. the Lagoon 39 and Helia 44 advertised as 'all lines run to the helm?'.

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Old 11-02-2013, 21:05   #2
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Re: What is this winch for?

thats for the optional code 0 foresail. All other lines run to the helm.
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:04   #3
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Re: What is this winch for?

I use it to furl/unfurl my Genoa sometimes.
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Re: What is this winch for?

Thanks for the replies monte and bateaubonsai1. I'm trying to understand the Lagoon 39 self-tacking better when single-handed.

If you're going upwind, great the headsail tacks by itself, but you have no sheets to harden up or slack off, right? Also you can't heave-to, it seems, without going to the foredeck to cleat it off or something.

When downwind, can you use the self-tacking jib at all, in other words is it also self-gybing? If not, you've got the code 0 or similar up and you're leaving the helm every time you gybe to get at those winches on either side of the cockpit.

My interest primarily in easy, single-handed sailing using the factory configuration. Am not sure if the Lagoon 39 (over e.g. Lagoon 400 S2 or Leopard 39) is making things easier or harder on me.

Any thoughts appreciated!
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