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Old 26-10-2006, 13:36   #1
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Aloha All,
I apologize if this subject has already been used. I couldn't find it.
I'm rebuilding my aft cockpit. 6'6" long seats on each side of 3' wide well. Wheel steering forward about 2' aft of a 1' wide bridge deck.
Could anyone help with a recommendation for location of sheet winches? I have primaries for genoa/yankee and secondaries for staysail or spinnaker.
Mainsheet is winched on the cabin top.
My idea is primaries just aft of the steering station and secondaries aft of those.
Does anyone have experience with a layout like this, maybe on a Pearson?
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Old 26-10-2006, 16:19   #2
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High John,

I had a Columbia 40 with the wheel located just aft of the bridgedeck like you described. The primaries were mounted aft of the steering station with the secondaries aft of that - just as you describe your idea. This is the ideal setup, and I loved it. Makes single handing very easy because the winches are right at hand next to the wheel - you don't have to move or let go of the wheel to trim.

BTW, a friend recently bought a Cascade 36. Don't know if this is similar to the 42, but it is a very good sailing boat and I was impressed with it.

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Aloha Mark,
Columbia 40's a great boat.
The aft cockpit version of the Cascade 42 is nearly the same as the 36. However, a lot of the 42s were built with center cockpits.
Thanks for confirming what I had in mind. Did your Columbia have a dodger that you could duck under? I'm also considering a hard dodger but the ones I've seen so far just don't look quite right for me.

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John, the location will be very different depending on whether you want to haul those sheets yourself--or have room for someone else to work them while staying out from under foot.

Whichever way you go, I'd suggest taking a couple of coffee cans (full or weighted so they sit still) and plunking them down, to see just how well the locations work in terms of keeping the bodies away, and leading the lines fairly to/from them. And, to see that standard winch handles won't keep hitting the lifelines, etc. as you swing them.
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Here's a picture of it with the dodger (link). I agonized over the dodger's height for a long time during the design phase. I didn't want it too tall because of aesthetics, but the bridgedeck and forward wheel was an impediment for comfortably getting under a shorter dodger. In the end, I made it a bit tall, but was very glad I did.

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That looks like west harbor... nice canvas!
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Peason 35 had this layout. We had one until about 20 years ago and loved it. YOu can "duck" behind the dodger when we got some water flying overr the bow. You could "talk" to someone who was under the dodger n the companionway. And you could single hand it easily.

The lead to the primaries is really depends on whether you have a direct lead or use turning blocks. The secondaries are for a asymetric or Code 0 or staysail or?

The lead situation would vary the position -- as would the issue of crew working the winches.
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Pearson Layout : http://www.pearson35.com/designfolde...e%20View11.jpg
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Thanks for the great input and hellosailor has a great suggestion with the coffee can idea.
Thanks folks.
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Oh, and thanks for the photos. The Columbia is a beautiful design and the Pearson too. JohnL
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