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I’ve only sailed aft-sheeted Ws a few times and don’t really like the system. It’s not that hard to switch to a centre-main. I picked up a suitable swivel/block/cleat off eBay recently for £10.
I have a ratchet on my own centre main, although I don’t use it very much. The main purpose of it is that in those conditions when you wouldn’t cleat off, it takes some of the strain of holding the sheet. But tbh in those conditions it tends to be quite gusty and you end up playing the sheet a fair bit anyway, in which case I don’t think the ratchet adds very much.