quite the macho group. Bearing off or not, my 100 lb wife is not always able to get the jib furling
process started when the wind
suddenly pipes up without some help. She also has trouble letting out a partial furl in a blow without the sail pulling all the way out unless she has a wrap on a winch
. There is nothing wrong with using a little mechanical advantage so long as you aren't forcing something. We do it all the time on our boats. Our furlers run free and our leads are fair. 99.9% of the time, I do not use a winch
, but when I need it, I'm set up to use it. If you don't want to use a rope clutch
, then don't, but don't give the impression that one is somehow not a good seaman/woman for having one. There is nothing wrong with having that option in place. Some (like me) might even say it is an added safety
feature, and therefore wise.