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When we use our winches the sheet will often ride down onto the bottom of the winch and bind over itself making further winching difficult. We are fairly new to keelboat sailing so may be missing something obvious. It's an older boat (86 hunter 31) so maybe the winches grippiness has worn away somewhat. Any thoughts? Picture attached.

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From where does the sheet lead, is that position adjustable? It sounds to me like your sheet is feeding onto the winch below the range of acceptable angles, thus wrapping over itself. Typical angles would be something -5 to -10 degrees below the plane of the base of the winch. If you cant find installation instructions for your winch, check some references like Jibsheet Fairleads for insight.

You might also rotate the stripper arm about 90 degrees clockwise so the sheet is more likely to fall into the cockpit, clear of the winch. Again, see a manual.
 

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the line coming into the winch should be leading at an angle from below the base . you may need another block to keep the line at a steeper angle. the stripper arm should face the the person tailing the winch. your line looks a bit large for the which.
 

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Is that block the winch is mounted on canted? Maybe it just needs to be rotated 180 degrees?
 

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Hard to see in the photo (it won't expand) but it looks like there might be too many wraps on the drum. Four is usually plenty, if not too many. It looks like you have five or six.
 
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