Simple tips to Sail a Boat Better – Three Tips to Remove a Jammed Line From a Sailboat Winch


You and your cruising crew tend to be brief tacking up a thin channel with shoals left and moored boats to the right. You get your crew ready for the next tack, come about–and the pinnacle sail sheet jams onto the sailboat winch! What would you do after that?

Jammed turns on a head-sail sheet winch-called “overriding turns”-are due to a sheet range that leads at a downward angle to the winch drum. When this happens, the wraps in the drum can bunch up so tight that they are nearly impossible to get rid of. Use one of these brilliant fast, ways to eliminate an override:

1. Luff Up Method

a. Aim up into the wind for some moments to luff the pinnacle sail and just take tension off the sheet.
b. Remove the turns by hand.
c. Fall-off the wind and build speed for the next tack.

2. Line and Block Method

a. Connect a moving hitch onto the jammed sheet between head-sail clew and winch.
b. Mount a snatch block aft associated with jammed winch.
c. Lead the range to the snatch block and to an open winch.
d. Grind in the winch to get rid of all tension in the jammed sheet.
e. Remove the override by hand and re-wrap the sheet onto the winch.

3. Emergency Technique

a. Slice the jammed sheet ahead and aft associated with winch.
b. Lead the bitter-end associated with slice sheet through block and across the sailboat mast.
c. Connect a rolling hitch onto the leeward sheet. You can tack with this rig before you clear all threats.

Prevent Future Piece Jams

Avoid future overrides by leading head-sail sheets in an upward way to the sheet winches. Use one of these brilliant simple methods:

* Reposition each Genoa block across the track to carry it closer to and less than the sheet winch.
* Insert an intermediate block between your existing Genoa block and also the sheet winch.

Sailboat winch overrides are included in life on any little cruising or racing sailboat. Learn to sail a vessel much better than ever before by planning for the unforeseen with fast, simple methods like these.


Supply by John N. Jamieson


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