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post #2 of Old 02-21-2001
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wire halyard winch

Even though I didn''t find anything in this thread it reminded me of a question that I have about wire halyard winchs. I sailed with one on an old classic sloop in years gone by. I now have a classic again and would like to find out if anyone knows any reason not to return to a wire halyard winch. I aleady know about the fact that as the halyard is raised the purchase gets weeker. This is because the wire winds around the winch and makes the drum larger. The winch handle also can be scary if you don''t keep a good grip on it. I really like the fact that you can wind the halyard up and it doesn''t end up on the deck or cockpit. A nice bronze wire winch looks good attached to the mast where the sail should be raised not from the cockpit where it takes a minimum of two people to do a simple single handed job.
I would just like to have some other input. I may be missing something.
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