Cockpit Sheet and Winch Handle Bags

By: Steve Riddle – Blue Heron, C380 #194

Mainsheet, November 2010

I get tired of the tangle of genoa sheet tails in the cockpit.  They usually end up at the ends of the “T”, but they still get under foot and in the way.  I also find the cockpit bins are too far forward to stow and easily reach winch handles from the helm area when tacking short-handed.  I started looking at various options for pre-made sheet bags and various winch handle holders, but did not find anything that fit the bill.  I have a canvas sewing machine so I also looked at making the bags mysef, including a kit from Sailrite.  However, I quickly figured out I could just buy the materials and save some money versus the kit.  Plus I could custom fit the bags to the “T” ends and include a pocket for the winch handles to

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