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Genoa Sheets Fouling on Mast-monted Winches

Yup, I know good sheet management can minimize this--I've been sailing a long time and don't need the lecture--but I single hand a lot, often the sheets get to flog for a few moments, and the clew and winches seem to have a love affair, particularly when the wind freshens. And snagging a sheet on the mast is a great way to blow a perfectly good tack.

On many small boats and 2 of my former boats, it's normal to rig bungees to guide sheets away from trouble spots. I'm wondering, has anyone tried something like this on a larger boa with mast-mounted winches? They are about chest-high and mounted on opposing sides. I'm thinking a bungee on each side, starting about 2 feet above the winch, secured to the handle socket, and continuing to 2 feet below the winch, would keep the sheet from looping. It could be easily popped out to use the winch.

Thoughts? I hate drilling holes, but this seems practical. On my last boats, fittings were either pre-existing or used the mast track. I'm sure I can try a duct tape and line lash-up to test the idea, but if someone has been down this path--must have--that would be helpful. Searches were unproductive.

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