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When trimming by hand, you want only two wraps wraps on the winch or you increase the likelihood of an override. Put at least one more turn on or two before inserting the handle to crank. Each turn increases the friction on the winch barrel and lessens the load felt by the tail of the sheet. I have never heard of bending a "feeder arm" but I always have 3-4 wraps....if you had asked if it could happen, I'd have said "no way" the feeder arm on my 46s is pretty robust...
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