The other recent trend is twofold. More than a decade ago, designers began bringing nearly all the running rigging, including halyards, back to the cockpit. Lately, we see many builders covering that running rigging in channels under the cabin top. In this year’s fleet, those boats include the Alerion 30 Sport, Beneteau 62, Dehler 34, Dufour 460 Grand Large, Elan Impression 45, Jeanneau 58, Solaris 50 and X-Yachts X4. The look is elegant, and the technique keeps running line out from under the feet of crew working — or lounging — on deck. That said, we preferred the installations — on the Alerion, Dehler, Jeanneau and Elan Impression — that provided access to gear such as turning blocks that occasionally require service. The X4 provides access from under the deck, and the Dehler has a cover that can be removed with several screws. The Beneteau requires breaking a caulk bond, which would be time consuming to service.