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The winch

5.   This picture shows a typical arrangement for ropes and winch. All the clutches lead to the winch (or a secondary winch just out of shot).

There is rarely any point in trying to pull these ropes with your own strength. You need the additional power of a few turns round the winch.

The winch

When trimming a line on a yacht, the crew member turns the winch handle with one hand, while tailing (pulling on the loose tail end) with the other to maintain tension on the turns. When racing someone else will tail and will be the trimmer as well. Some winches have a stripper or cleat to maintain tension. These are known as self-tailing winches. All the winches on Sea Dreamer are self tailing.

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