Being new to the sail winch system, I have raised the main sail a few times while sitting in my front yard just to get the idea. This weekend was the first time out and while raising the main sail, I snapped 3 handles off. They may have been already weakened but the sail seemed to go up hard. There was a good breeze, but not too hard. I ended up loosening the tie down at the rear of the boom to get the sail up, then re-attached the sail on the back of the boom. I never had trouble with my Johnson scow but it had a rope to raise the sail. I am guessing I was doing something wrong. I have one handle left, obviously I will get a few more. I am open to any and all suggestions.
P.S. Had a great time once the sails were up. Took along a few passengers that had never been sailing before and they all loved it. Need a few minor details fixed up, like the rudder needs to pivot up and down better, etc. but overall, an enjoyable experience.