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Mermaid Hunter
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I have a handle in a pocket on the mast for halyards and one in a pocket in the cockpit for sheets. I have three spare handles in the cockpit locker.

I absolutely concur with Valiente's comments on tacking. When I raced regularly we discovered that slowing down the tack a bit (helm less aggressively put down) we could get the foresail across and sheeted in with minimum grinding and consequently were trimmed faster. When cruising, my goal is to tack as slowly as I can without losing all boat speed.

About the only thing I would change in my current set-up is to switch to those one-handed locking winch handles.


These are now my primary winch handles (I got the regular grip). They are absolutely great and have essentially eliminated all fumbles.
 
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