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First single-handing of the new boat: yikes!

Well i had my first experience singlehanding our new boat. No autopilot but atleast everything is run aft. Everything was going great until my headsail sheet line got winched into itself. oops. The little piece that's supposed to keep the line from going under the tongue is broken and i wasn't paying attention to the line while trimming the sails. The wind was moderate but nothing too heavy. It still freaked me out though... i tried to get it loose but it was too tight to budge. At this point i was approaching the channel so my adrenaline started kicking in. I couldn't furl the sail in so i decided to sail back from the river to the creek... under the bridge and to lighter winds hoping it would take pressure off the line so i could get it free. No luck. At this point i was stressed but still in control of everything. I thought at the time that my only option was to cut the line free... so i did. In retrospect i could have just dropped anchor and let the sails luff... but since i was alone i was thinking of the easiest way out... although not the least exspensive.

Lessons learned: 1. Make sure your equipment is working properly. 2. Try and stay calm... you can think clearer. 3. A good rigging knife is a handy tool.
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Joel, I know there is a standard procedure for releasing that line caught on the winch, but it slips my mind right now. It has to do with using another winch to release the pressure of the caught line. Glad you are okay, line is cheap(kinda). I can't find the info right now, but I seem to remember it involving another winch to take the pressure off the override.
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Take another piece of line and put a hitch on the jammed sheet. Run the spare line to an alternate winch to take te pressure off the jammed line and then you can simply unwind it.
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Joel,
Are you talking about the self-tailing ring? If you are, I had a very similar experience on my first sail with my new boat. Wish I could have channeled Cam for that priceless bit of advice... Lewmar doesn't make the replacement an easy process, at least as far as this 27-year-old winch is concerned. Does anyone have a suggestions as to where a Lewmar 30 self-tailer could be come by? Didn't mean to hijack the thread...
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You could just heave-to, thereby relieving the leeward jibsheet pressure after it blanketed the main.
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Are you talking about the self-tailing ring? If you are, I had a very similar experience on my first sail with my new boat. Wish I could have channeled Cam for that priceless bit of advice... Lewmar doesn't make the replacement an easy process, at least as far as this 27-year-old winch is concerned. Does anyone have a suggestions as to where a Lewmar 30 self-tailer could be come by? Didn't mean to hijack the thread...
Exactly Sailhog! I have lewmar 30 self tailing as well. I'll race you to the salvage store!

Using the other winch would have worked too i'll bet. Duh... i'm sitting there pulling with all my might and i didn't even think of the other winch. That would have pulled it free i'll bet. Good to know for this coming weekend though because i won't be able to fix it before i take her out again. Of course this time i'll have crew with me. Thanks for the input guys.
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You could just heave-to, thereby relieving the leeward jibsheet pressure after it blanketed the main.
TB... i did think of heaving-to but i don't think that would have worked in this situation. In more detail... i was on a port tack so even if i tacked and backwinded the jib the pressure would still have been on the starboard line. If i had not been alone i could have gone forward and untied the sheet from the clew maybe... if someone else was at the helm to keep her in the wind.
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Stripper Arm

#6 in this diagram... it's listed as the "Stripper Arm"... that is the piece that is broken and allowed the line to double-up into itself, binding it under the feeder arm... or "tongue" as i mistakenly called it before.

http://en.lewmar.com/webspares/pdf/w...winch_part.pdf
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