Well, the easiest solution is for you to mount those cam cleats
in front of the winch
. The line
runs thru, you crank the winch
, lock the cam down and then you can remove the line
from the winch
if you want.
When releasing, most have a feature to let you ease off the tension incrementally.
If you don''t want to mount one of these locking cam cleats
, then if you have a standard cleat
aft of the winch
, then take the tail of the line
and do a half-wrap around one of the horns
of the cleat
and when you pull tight, it will release the line
from the self-tailer without losing much, if any tension. Make sure you always have at least 3 turns on the winch and then you shouldn''t have problems with the line getting away from you.