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post #5 of Old 11-10-2006
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adding a wrap by forming a loop over the winch with the loose end of the sheet, dropping it down over the winch, tightening it, and then starting to tail again sounds like a sure-fired way to stop the jib from getting trimmed while you're doing it, and possibly losing a few inches as the loop gets settled and pulled tight. I can just imagine the fun possible if the loop gets formed going counterclockwise in the excitment of a race. If, as you say, the grinders are off somewhere else and there's no handle in the winch, it would make a lot more sense to simply add a wrap by having the tailer quickly lean forward over the winch and put another wrap or two around the drum after he's got enough slack to do it. K.I.S.S. ...et bon vent.
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