All our winches on board Exit Only are self-tailers, and I have never been in a situation where I needed to cut a line. The sheets
and halyards always come off the jaws of the Lewmar
self-tailers without a problem.
If I get an over-ride on a winch
, I fix it immediately so that releasing the sheet is easy.
The triple purchase
on the mainsheet goes into a cam, and sometimes the cam is a little hard to release, but I just hit the taught line with a winch
handle to pop it out of the cam.
Perhaps I don't sail agressively enough. I'll try to do better next time.