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Re: Floating Winch Handle

On my boat winch handles are kept in one of two pockets on either side of the cockpit, or stowed below. I have always taught my students to store the winch handle after use. I do not allow them to be left in the winch after use (and in my mind I silently scream when I see YouTubers do this) for two reasons; 1 - they would be in the way if trying to blow a sheet (for example while tacking) and 2 - they could be a tripping hazard.

Unfortunately, when raising the main on my boat, I must either carry the handle to the mast or have someone pass it forward to me to the mast from the cockpit. In this instance, I had just raised the main, cleated and coiled the halyard, and was bringing the handle back to the cockpit when I simply dropped it. Bounce, bounce, plop! Sh!t happens.


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