[Public-List] Do we need halyard winches?

Wes Gardner via Public-List public-list at lists.alberg30.org
Fri Jun 26 18:42:24 PDT 2015

As others have suggested, You should give your reefing system a thought. This might dictate where halyards go as well as your reef lines. Personally, if I ever go anywhere, I will always have a second person with me. My wife can steer pretty well and doesn't get intimidated too easily, with that, I can leave the helm and go forward with the boat on starboard tack, easy the main halyard (it's in a mast-mounted winch) and crank it down and onto the reef hook. The reef line for the leach is secured on the side of the boom.

For the jib, those new-fangled roller furling systems are pretty sweat! Halyard tension almost becomes a 'set it and forget it' kind of thing. You could get away with no winch there. Extend the halyard back to one of your primaries and grind on it there.


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> On Jun 26, 2015, at 3:57 PM, Brent Higgins via Public-List <public-list at lists.alberg30.org> wrote:
> Hi Guys, 
> I took my A30 out sailing for the first time last weekend. We got the mainsail up but didn't raise the jib, because I only have the one port-side mast winch. I was planning to run my jib & spin halyards aft by mounting cheek blocks on the mast, similarly to what's on the website. Then I'd have to install a deck organizer, jammer, and winch on my cabin. I have all the parts, but I do not want to do undertake this unless I have to.
> I looked through the old emails about mast winches & running line aft, & several of you said that our boats do not really need halyard winches, that you can hoist the main & jib without them. What're your thoughts? Is this unrealistic and/or dangerous? I am cruising only (and not very well...) in the Chesapeake. Should I run some lines aft or manually hoist the halyards?
> Thanks,
> Brent
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