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Cow-hitching the coil of the genoa furling line to a guardrail is a great way to stow it on any boat that’s not too huge. If you’re right-handed and the line is on the port side, as it often is, the natural way to make it up is with the bight on the outboard side of the guardrail. If you hitch it up so the bight is inside like this, all you need do to release it is grab the bight and pull.