Hey ADC, havent talked to you in awhile. 2 years ago a local furbuyer that buys lots of coons on the carcass because no other buyers around will, hired me to skin coons for him towards the end of the season. I have a very similar set up with a winch set up overhead, i simply make my opening cut like you and tie the rear legs and tail to the floor and start winching and cutting just like yourself. Something i found sped up the process a lot and didnt cost much was foot control switches for the winch. Very simple to wire up, i bought 2 foot starter switches for the older 2 cylinder tractors, made a metal plate for them to mount in and cut a hole in the floor. They only stick up about a half inch so its not uncomfortable to use at all. Helped a bunch. its nice cause you can hold the hide while its pulling with one hand and have the other hand running the knife and not have to keep grabbing the controls all the time, Think total cost was around 20 bucks. the only other thing i do differently is that i use aircraft cable with snare locks on my gambrel instead of poking thru by the tendon. Not that theres anything wrong with the good old tendon way but if you do get a stiff old boar coon you dont have to worry about the tendon breaking, plus i also skin coyotes on the same set up so it helps a lot with them. Just some stuff for you to think about, pm me if you wanna see the foot settup. Keep up the good work.