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Old 09-17-2007
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"Expensive" self-tailing upgrade

Sorry to revive an old thread, but has had any experience with Winchmates? Unlike Winchers, these are true self-tailing add-ons with line guide/stripper.

We have two non self-tailing Barlow winches on the main mast, and while Winchmates are expensive at $US500 list each, it's cheaper than the $750-1200 for new Lewmar/Harken/Andersen ~40-46 self-tailers. Factor in having to re-drill the winchpads, and the Winchmates start to look more reasonable. But then again, the Barlows are old, and there's no telling how long spares will be available from Hutton-Arco in Australia.
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