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David, normally I leave the handles in the sheet in service, (normally for constant trim), and off the not in service winches.

Therefore, I leave them on the low side winches. (note my main is sheeted in either from port or starboard).

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Once someone is handling the sheets its up to them how they prefer..either in the pockets or on..but generally they stay on all times.

If you are sailing along in a relaxed manner, leaving them off is good, but all depends on your habits..even cruising I leave them on.

In an emergency the removal is quite fast.

 

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I usually leave the winch in the pocket on my small Helms25.
I bought this singlehand winch at the boat show this fall, but now have this problem.



What pocket works for those with a single hand release winch?
Just cut the bottom of the pocket...and you're in business
 

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Wayne, the handle is not supposed to go inside the pocket, just the lever thing..

If you open the pocket bottom, then the winch handle will get inside and stop at the part that you hold to.
 
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