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I personally believe winch handles should be taken out when done w/ them.
That said... I leave my jib sheet winch handles in when I'm sailing b/c I regularly trim and ease my sheets.
When I have a lot of newbies onboard I tend to put the handles away so they are out of the way.
And if I do leave them in I always turn the handle so it is outboard JUST IN CASE someone falls against it; don't want a winch handle to bust someone's rib.
 
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