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post #8 of Old 07-20-2007
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They are available at West Marine and probably other marine stores(SailNet?).

Wincher Self-Tailers
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WATSKI - 002_070_004_503
Winchers are rubber disks that fit over the top of your non-self-tailing winches to make them perform like self-tailers. Loading up the winch drums until the line contacts the underside of the Wincher creates friction which allows the line to self-tail. A rope groove holds line reasonably securely around the top of the winch. Practical Sailor Magazine suggests Winchers for halyard winches, but not sheet winches, although we have many comments from customers who swear by them.
  • Sizes are by drum diameter
  • Sold in pairs

We don't run the sheet in the wincher until we've taken in the slack. I think the term "self tailers" is inappropriate for the Winchers, they are more of a "self gripper". Once you have a couple of turns on the drum and a little tension on the sheet or halyard you just take a turn around the Wincher and it will hold it. As you crank the winch with one hand you just feed the tail out with your other hand, but you don't need to pull any tension on it. When you have it set, we take a couple extra turns on the drum and run it through the Wincher again. Works extremely well for the difference in cost between these and new winches, but they are only a compromise, not an equal to true self tailing winches.

SV Laurie Anne

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