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Line Slips in Easylock Clutch

Does anyone know if Easylock clutches are adjustable for line size? I re-arranged the lines running through a four-stopper Easylock clutch to give the mainsheet the best lead to the winch. I found that the second reefing line slipped when in the main's old location, which the reefing line did not do in its original location. Or would it be that the main's clutch is just worn so as effect the smaller reefing line, but not the larger mainsheet? Meanwhile, the lines are back to starting locations.

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Re: Line Slips in Easylock Clutch

Sounds like the clutch is worn. Lines are the same size right?
Take it apart and have a look at the cam/handle where it grips the line. Replacements can be found here:
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Re: Line Slips in Easylock Clutch

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Sounds like the clutch is worn. Lines are the same size right?
Take it apart and have a look at the cam/handle where it grips the line. Replacements can be found here:
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The reefing line is approximately 3/8 while the mainsheet is approximately 1/2. So the smaller reefing line slips in the center clutch which has served the mainsheet, but does not slip in the outside clutch to which the builder routed it. The outside clutch is the one that has the cleanest run onto the winch, so where I would like to run the mainsheet.

I guess given your thoughtful suggestion, I might try switching the current handles to follow the line location changes...

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Re: Line Slips in Easylock Clutch

Clutches have a pretty small size range that they work over. I don't know if replacement internals are available to change the line size for one clutch in a group.

I have pairs of clutches for this reason , instead of one quad I have 2 double clutches side by side. One is sized 8-10mm, the other is 6-8mm.

If you do have to buy a new clutch I highly recommend the Lewmar ones. They work very nicely (better than Spinlock or Easylock) and are priced reasonably.

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Re: Line Slips in Easylock Clutch

+1 For lewmar. If you don't need super high holding power and want to keep line wear down, they are the beez knees.

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