Coiling: Three-strand rope has a unidirectional lay, usually right-handed, so it has to be coiled in one direction, the direction of the lay. Braided rope is balanced, and it's effectively made up of both right- and left-handed lays. Coil it, therefore, in figure eights to prevent it from hockling or kinking. Unwind lines from winches; don't just lift the tail and let the turns spin up and off, or you'll get hockles. To remove hockles, trail the line behind the boat. The worst thing you can do with braided line, whether sheet tails, halyard tails, or mooring lines, is wind it up into circular mats or Flemish coils.