I sail in the midwest on an inland lake. Winds shift direction and speeds constantly. I'm curious how others have their mainsheet rigged.
When I purchased the boat, there was a double block with a becket on the traveler. The boom had three single blocks, and the sheet was rigged back to the mast then along the deck through a rope clutch. I found this to be troublesome with the need to sheet in or out on a regular basis.
I had a triple block with becket and cleat in my parts bin, so I threw that on the traveler and re-rigged it that way. I find it works much better in the shifting winds, but I need to have the companionway hatch in the open position so I can get the downward angle for the sheet to escape the jam-cleats. This is fine on my little lake, but won't work if I'm sailing in conditions where I'd like to keep everything closed up.
How do you do it? I'm interested in alternatives. I sail single-handed on a boat full of people most often. I get occasional "help" but mostly I'm on my own. Advice appreciated.