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post #3 of Old 07-01-2004
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Making single handing easier

As Jb suggests, the wind can change in an instant. For safety, changing the mainsheet from a clutch to a camcleat might be a good idea. I know that our clutches can take a few seconds to release, especially under heavy load. Releasing a camcleat is much quicker and can be done from just about anywhere the line can be grabbed -- you don''t have to go to the cleat itself in order to release it, the way you do with a clutch. In a puff or squall, those seconds could mean the difference bettween a noisy, luffing sail (releasing the cam cleat) or a cockpit full of water pouring down the main hatch (releasing the clutch.) We use clutches on our halyards, but NEVER on a sheet. Maybe changing from wheel to tiller in the new boat would solve some problems too.
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