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Old 03-01-2012
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Originally Posted by Barquito View Post
Thanks guys. This is just the description I was looking for. From the video it looks like he is using both hands to guide the line around the drum. I seem to remember an ASA instructor freaking out when my wife used both hands in manner similar to this.
I think he was being a bit lazy there. Later he uses one hand.

Other videos I have seen have the right hand lightly holding the line about 2 feet from the winch, and the left hand guiding the line around the drum.
You will see a lot of that on race boats. Also on race boats the winch handles tend to be left in.

In a different J school video, it looked like they were instructing the students to rest the line in a ring formed by the thumb and first finger as it guides the line around the drum. That is what was confusing me.
That also works, but if the line runs you can suffer more damage to you thumb and forefinger.
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