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winch handles - in or out?
Sailors - I was taught and have continued to teach crew that right after complaining about the food coming out of the galley, the next greatest sin is leaving a winch handle in a winch. Potential damage to shins, to wrists, etc. (I learned this prior to the advent of self-tailing winches - which to my mind makes no difference, but might be considered a factor in decisions.)
I continue to be surprised to see pictures in Sail, Cruising World, SailNet et al of winch handles sitting in winches. Has practice evolved and I am holding on to a teaching that is past its use by date?
What do you do on your boat?
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