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.