Originally Posted by pdqaltair
IMHO, if you can't clear the override by pulling vertically, you need to relieve the pressure with a rolling hitch.
Using a marlinspike is inviting line and finger damage. The wrong tool for the job and not on my boat. I've seen a marlin spike missused for many things, rather like hammers and screwdrivers.
There is the tool and the manner in which it is used. Certainly one can misuse a tool in a manner that causes risk; however, a marlinspike can be safely used to roll a tensioned line over another well within the design of the tool. A capable person can do this safely and without damage to the line. I do agree that use by someone who does not foresee the consequences of their actions can be a problem. A wise person can adapt tools for many uses. Anyone without vision and a knowledge of physics must stick to the designated instructions. Take care and joy, Aythya crew