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Aaron Norlund
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Terry,

I don't have first hand experience with rigging stays'l sheets on a W32. That said, I can say that I do not like clutches on sheets of any sort. I've sailed a few different boats with clutches here and there and they are awkward and tend to chew up line. Cams are OK, but you'll find metal ones nibble away at line in the places one tends to leave sails. I've spent more time on tallships than smaller sailing vessels, and even though some of the "traditions" are a bit antiquated, there is a reason they're still used! Cleats and pins, though they take a more work, are a great way to go, IMO.

That said, I /am/ a supporter of self-tailing winches for sheets. Small ones for stays'l sheets can be found for reasonable prices. I think it's important to have cleats rove for all winches incase they malfunction.

Good luck! I'm sure someone will chime in with practical information about the W32.

Aaron N.

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