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I pulled mine loose, but sent myself flying down the companionway with the sheet still in my hands. My ass crashed against the stove and I put a nice little gash in my knuckles. My wife was sitting in the cockpit thinking, "Oh, this is going to be nice..."
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#6 is it. Stripper arm... I like the sound of that...
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#6 is it. Stripper arm... I like the sound of that...
My stripper arm is different than the diagram... it looks like this:

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Joel,
I pulled mine loose, but sent myself flying down the companionway with the sheet still in my hands. My ass crashed against the stove and I put a nice little gash in my knuckles. My wife was sitting in the cockpit thinking, "Oh, this is going to be nice..."
that's exactly what i was worried about... if i did break it free... that i would topple over the lifeline. I did something very dangerous in my panic which was wrapping the line around my back to get more leverage. Bad idea that could have seriously hurt myself. I knew i shouldn't do that but my adrenaline got me anyway. Of course i had a lifevest on but watching the boat sail away while getting stung by the jellies would have made bad, much much worse! Using the other winch for leverage makes sense though.

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In the future if you can sheat in the main as tight as you can, this will keep you headed into the wind, The jib should go loose and be easier to free.

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In the future if you can sheat in the main as tight as you can, this will keep you headed into the wind, The jib should go loose and be easier to free.
Yup... i tried that. Main issue was being able to keep her there as i do not have autopilot so as soon as i would point up and try to attend to the jammed line, i would be swung back down wind.

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My stripper arm is different than the diagram... it looks like this:
My stripper arm looks like one of the Chippendales. Let's face it, you have a better boat...
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Once you get more sailing experience Joel, then things like this will resolve themselves like second nature.

Before buying my current boat, a ketch with non-selftailing winches and a 150% Genoa, I've always sailed with self-tailers. I typically singlehand every time we go out (wife likes to watch . . . but that's another story) and I thought I'd get myself in all sorts of trouble.

But after awhile tacking under full sail became a breeze. Timing is everything in life.

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TB,
Does that mizzen make singlehanding more complicated?
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Once you get more sailing experience Joel, then things like this will resolve themselves like second nature.

Before buying my current boat, a ketch with non-selftailing winches and a 150% Genoa, I've always sailed with self-tailers. I typically singlehand every time we go out (wife likes to watch . . . but that's another story) and I thought I'd get myself in all sorts of trouble.

But after awhile tacking under full sail became a breeze. Timing is everything in life.
Well i definately have a good amount of experience but there is always room for more. The thing that got me was the single handing part. I've taken our O'day 22 out tons of times by myself but with 5' more of a boat under me and that much more sail area made a BIG difference. I was tacking great, had great sail trim, etc... it was that damn stripper arm that got me. I should let the cat out of the bag and also say that i was racing my sailing school instructor so i was trying to keep my lead when i started to trim the line in... before i knew it... JAM! So the truth comes out... i was trying to be a badass and failed miserably.

What was it like the first time you single handed your Ketch?

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