(I've edited out overlap from JD..)
Other than that , keep your body out of the sheet tail... after you trim and cleat a working sheet, gather the tail into coils (leave the figure 8 in) and lay the coils down where no on is sitting or standing. When you release the sheet, everyone needs to be clear of the coils as the sheet will play out quite fast.
Also, keep the rest of your body out of the arc of the winch handle, especially your head. Make sure all your pawls are clean (light oil not grease) and functional so a winch is not at risk of suddenly reversing under load.
Certified...in several regards...
Last edited by sailingfool; 03-01-2012 at 01:34 PM.