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Originally Posted by NOLAsailing
My lines run aft and, whether racing or cruising, all of the cabin top control lines that come aft are dropped down the companionway hatch. I don't see how that is sloppy - it's far better than stowing them on deck and it's easier for the pit to keep everything organized.
If the halyard stayed at the mast, I would do as suggested above: neatly coiled and hung from a cleat.
That's not sloppy, if they run aft into the pit.
If they cleat at the mast and you dump a coil down the hatch you might not be able to get rid of them in a hurry, i:e snags, knots, tangles...etc.
I read an account of a guy who spotted a large trawler, at night, during a race. He woke up the captain and let him know what was going on (a little too late). The captain tried to bear away fast but the main kept him into the wind. He cast off the main sheet which ran free until the rats nest of a coil jambed the cleat, making it impossible to head down. Luckily he had a knife stowed in the cockpit and was able to cut the main sheet and bear off, avoiding the collision.
Basic stuff really.
Last edited by Sabre66; 06-11-2007 at 06:45 PM.