Since the subject of line coiling was brought up:
I realize that 3-strand should generally be coiled in an open loop with no figure-eight coils, but I have also read books by many noted sailors that most double-braided line should use the figure-eight method. When I take new double-braid line, the figure-eight works fine, but most of the boats I have sailed have older line which seems to coil in a single loop better than the figure-eight. I''m wondering if so many people coiled the older line in a single loop that its fibers were "trained" for that shape.
Also, I have only found a small number of instructors and experienced sailors who "allow" a figure-eight coil on their boats. You get labeled an idiot if you do. I''m thinking these guys are all just enforcing outdated "rules."
Just curious if anyone else has a comment on this.