Originally Posted by Dr. Strangelove
Lines should be kept neat and tidy and hear should be properly stowed for safety
reasons alone, let alone aesthetics. You don't want to be racing
and have a jib sheet wrap around someone's let or arm and snatch them off the deck
, or cooler slide or knife slide off a counter onto someone's leg.
I'd suggest just a simple "Hey, I'd appreciate it if you'd coil that line" rather than being all Capt. Bligh about it. Add it into your pre-sail orientation.
A teachable moment:
Aboard a 24000 lb boat, dropped the hook to do some snorkling. Breeze piped up and we proceeded to weigh anchor
. Crew on fordeck had the rode
foul. When a gust hit, the rode
was looped around his leg as it began to slip through his hands. A frantic struggle with more crew racing forward to help was all that prevented a potential broken leg, MOB
, and drowning. Now we always keep a clear deck and cockpit
. Always avoid foul lines, even for a moment.