I've used them... they work for the most part... but don't work with as large a range of line sizes as a true self-tailing winch. Also, don't rely on the winchers to hold the line under a load... you still need to cleat the line off properly.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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