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My current rope clutch has ruined two halyards this year. I am upgrading to stay-set x 3/8, what rope clutch would be the best match for this line.
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Re: rope clutch

No problems with my Garhauer clutch.

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My current rope clutch has ruined two halyards this year. I am upgrading to stay-set x 3/8, what rope clutch would be the best match for this line.
Any clutch that uses a toothed cam to lock the line in place will damage the line unless pressure is taken off the cam before the locking lever is released. For that one typically needs a winch (or a good grip and strong forearms) to take a strain on the line. Several manufacturers use a wave action clutch (i.e. no teeth) that might be what you need if you don't have a means of taking a strain on the line before releasing the clutch.

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Re: rope clutch

Actually, as much as I like my Garhauer's they were rated worst by Practical Sailor for line chewing.
I had no problems, 5 years in. YMMV.

However, if what you have has eaten TWO halyards in a single season even a bear trap would be better.

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Re: rope clutch

Different clutch would help. I really like my D1 lewmar clutches, but they aren't rated very high. Check on the D2's if you have a larger boat.

Taking the load on a winch before releasing is also good practice.

Another solution would be to add some additional cover to the halyard where it is clutched. Polytec, ARC, or MGP would all work.

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Re: rope clutch

I used to have Lewmar clutches which are said to be the easiest on the line.
Unfortunately they also didn't seem to hold the line so well. (the newer versions are said to be greatly improved.)
Today I have Antals which seem to work relatively well at holding and not eating the line.
Apparently the most important thing is to have the right size line for the right size clutch,
Then of course, if you buy new halwards you can have them thickened, at the point where they enter the clutch.

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Re: rope clutch

I have recently seen an issue with my Spinlock clutch for the halyard. Once I get the main fully heaved up and tight, when I reduce pressure off the winch, about two inches of line sneaks past the clutch. Very irritating. I am going to clean the jaws with alcohol this coming weekend to see if that fixes the issue.

Has anyone seen this? This is a very recent issue.
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Re: rope clutch

This happens with all cam type clutches. It's jus how they're made. If the cams are sticking or worn it will be worse. We usually just grind up past our marks on the halyard, and let it settle after a couple tacks. Adjust if necessary.

Have you marked your halyard?

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This happens with all cam type clutches. It's jus how they're made. If the cams are sticking or worn it will be worse. We usually just grind up past our marks on the halyard, and let it settle after a couple tacks. Adjust if necessary.

Have you marked your halyard?
That is a great idea. I have marks for reef points but I will add a new one for full sail. I do readjust after a few tacks and that gets it to where I want it to be.
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