Removing the tacky,sticky and the gummy...
In the shade and after removing the cigarette from you mouth, soak a rag with acetone and give her a good rubbing. A few years a ago I bought a used cord on the cheap and this cleaned it up nicely. Also works for old fenders.
You start sailing with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The idea is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.