One personal reason I prefer lines lead aft is that it makes it safer to launch and retrieve spinnakers when sailing solo or two-up. As a bowman, primarily, I’m quite comfortable doing these things from the foredeck, if there’s another person on the halyard. But if I have to tend to the halyard and spinnaker sheet at the same time, I don’t want to be balancing on the foredeck, trying to shove the exposed kite down the foredeck hatch; positioned in the back of the boat I can bring the kite down behind the main and straight into the comparatively protected cockpit.
Since the PWRgate is now separate from my go kit I had to modify my go kit’s power wiring to accommodate this new arrangement. This involved adding a powerpole distribution block and permanently mounting the power supply output to the case. For full charging and battery backup capability jumper wires have to be run between the power supply in my go kit to the PWRgate and from the Rigrunner to the new distribution block in my go kit. I tried to organize my jumper cables the best I could to keep things as neat as possible and I used very flexible 10AWG wire with silicone insulation to minimize any cable stress and tangling. When stacked, the two units integrate together very well.