13 Jan Kinked Lines?
Ever have to un-kink a line? Uncoil it and run your hand down it to get all the twists out?
We ran into the problem on the very first charter boat we were on — every single line aboard was kinked! The furler, the main halyard, the reef lines and probably something more that I’m forgetting. None would freely run through blocks.
We unkinked them all, then my husband showed the rest of us something he’d learned back in Sea Scouts.
To keep braided line from kinking, don’t coil it in circles — that’s what puts the twists and kinks into it.
Instead, loop it in figure 8s — that way, each loop both twists and reverses itself.
The first time we went to use Barefoot Gal‘s dinghy davits, we discovered the same problem — the lifting lines were badly kinked and it was almost impossible to pull them through the blocks to pick up the dinghy. We unreeved the lines, got the kinks out, then reeved them again taking care not to introduce twists. We always figure 8 the extra line before hanging it and haven’t had a problem since.