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Old 04-08-2007
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It depends. If you're using a snatch block forward, and the line is long enough, you can have it run aft to the cockpit and just slacken it when you need to gybe. This would avoid the need to leave the cockpit to adjust the preventers, but would leave two more long lines underfoot in the cockpit. If you're sailing with a jib and a spinnaker, now you've got eight lines sitting in the cockpit—not including the mainsheet or any traveler or track control lines.
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