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I was trying to use my winches on the boat with the head sail. The winches turned (non self tailing winches) but the drum just turned but the rope didn't jib sheet just slid, and didn't pull the roller furling at all. What am I doing wrong?
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Take 3 or so wraps around the drum (clockwise) and keep tension on it while cranking the handle. This is called "tailing"; then keep the tension on while you cleat it off or you'll lose everything you put into it.
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Did the winch "ratchet"? If it was clicking it's probably working and you either did not have enough turns on it or not enough tension (pull harder) to bring the sheet in. The winch relies on the number of turns (wraps) of line you put on it and the tension you apply. The head of the winch is smooth so that you can slack your sheet out easily. When sheeting in, you should have enough turns on it so that the line will hold with a light tension to your hand.

If you are trying to use the winch handle, I would advise dispensing with it until you are comfortable trimming your sheets by hand. You'll get most of the tension you need without the winch handle, unless you're on a larger boat in decent air.
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Are you tailing the line manually??? If not, the winch won't work, since it isn't a self-tailing winch. Kind of the point of self-tailng winches... If you don't have enough of a "grip" with the winch drum and a couple of wraps to it, and increase the tension on the tail of the line.
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SD,

I think you are right. I have been using self tailing winches on my friends boat so I dont need tension on the line. However since my winches are not self tailing I guess I have to pull on the sheet to add tension. This makes it harder to single hand the boat!
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Uh... WTF????
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Sorry, I only saw this thread now.....

Now....where shall I start?????

Who have you been sailing with??? with Larrry the cable guy?????
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This makes it harder to single hand the boat!
It's not that much trouble once you get used to it. Welcome to how the other half sails.

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OK...here's some help with the aid of some hi-tech engineering schematics...

First let’s look at options and resources available....

Careful examination of elements bellow, allow us to conclude the "ingredients" necessary to obtain successful. Results at sheeting in a winch…

Observe for at least 2 minutes the elements bellow:



Then once observed, lets start with our project…remember…the objective….to sheet in….

Problem…how to combine all the above elements, in order to successfully obtain our goal??? Which is????…..sheeting in….Good....

Please arrange objects above in correct order to achieve goal….


There you go....




VERY GOOD…..

Tomorow's class:

How to turn the tiller left, to make boat go right.

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Alex, that sheet is wrapped counter-clockwise on the top and clockwise on the bottom...are you in Australia?
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