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Went sailing today, had a double reef in main and jib rolled up about 4 turns. Pretty good sailing, but my boat looked awful. There were so many tails of lines hanging down from the boom and mast that it looked like a bowl of spaghetti. Topping lift, clew outhaul two reefing lines, downhaul, main halyard, jib halyard and boom vang. They all have tails yet I've found no neat way of securing them so they look neat and seamanly and don't get all tangled up.
The halyards are not so much a problem, until one of them gets slapped by the jib sheel and uncoils. But how do you deal with all those other ones? Gotta look good no matter how slow your going.
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Re: Line Clutter

I have a winch and a couple of lightweight cleats attached to the side of the boom and I wrap the loose tails around those to keep them from flying around. Even with a long reefing line, there's probably 6-7 feet between the cleats, so I can get rid of a lot of line by going around one cleat then the other then back, etc.
For the halyards, I coil them loosely and drape them over the halyard winches. Ready to run out quickly but out of the way.
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Re: Line Clutter

Spend an afternoon sizing your lines- mainsail nettles can be cut to length and the bitter ends whipped. cleats can and should be installed on the mast and boom to manage lines.

if you can't make 'em neater by making 'em shorter, make 'em longer and lay them in mats.
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Re: Line Clutter

Stuff 'em in a line bag, or forget about it and just enjoy the sailing.
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