Sailing Skills, The Art of Sailing

Sailing Skills: How to use a winch

Here is a video that shows how to use a self tailing winch on a sailboat.  It is important to feel comfortable handling the lines and using the winches.  Sailing produces a lot of load on the lines but you can mange them easily with a little knowledge and some practice.  Please share your thoughts and tips in the comments.

Key Points to Remember

  • Always wrap the line clockwise around the winch from the bottom to the top (spin the drum first)
  • Wrap the line 3 times around the winch drum as a starting point
  • FInd a position that gives you leverage when grinding
  • When letting the line out, easing, be deliberate, slow, and in control
  • Employ others to help tail if needed
  • When in doubt, ask for help
Sail fast, have fun, and work together!

 

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