No body really needs winches. They are just rich kid's toys.
There is a 100 yr old Norwegian fishing ketch
that is 70 ft
next to me and it doesn't have a single
winch on it and its been
sailing for all these years just fine. I guess they understood
that heading up into the wind
takes the strain of the sheet.
But then you might lose 30 seconds but I guess that wouldn't
make too much difference unless you were racing
. My boat
is 56.5 feet long and a ketch
and diplaces about 42 tons but
I do have winches but I could get by without them with a little
bit of thinking about why there is strain on the sheet. Hope
I haven't offended anyone who has spent big money
Someone said, "I spent most of my money
on booze, broads and
boats and the rest I wasted." I think it was the same guy that
said, "Reality is a temporary illusion caused by a lack of alcohol."