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Looking for Winch Handles

I have done a search but haven't
seen any recent recommendations
as to where to get winch handles
or what kind to get.

Got a Catalina 30 with a couple of
Barlow non-tailing winches.

Any recommendations?

Thanks.
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Re: Looking for Winch Handles

Unless you have your heart set on new ones, you can save yourself a ton of money by buying them from a used chandlery shop. They are all over the country and have pretty good web sites. Two I have dealt with are, Sailorman in FT Lauderdale, and Boater's Warehouse of Texas, but there are hundreds of others.

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Re: Looking for Winch Handles

What kind to get begs more attention than it gets:

Length. If working the winch is an effort for the grinder the a long handle is needed. If it is easy then the shorter handles are easier to manipulate, and faster to spin.

Handle style. There are single grips, single with knob, and double handles. The knob is good for either two hands or people with a grip issue.

Plastic, alloy, or bronze. I use the plastic at the mast where their ultimate strength is not an issue. On the mains I will sometimes break a plastic handle off...but I'm bigger and stronger than most...so I use alloy. Bronze is for slow heavy boats and dinging up the finish.

Some winch installations benefit from the upward angle of the handle. The amount of angle varies.

Buying used handles be sure the lock works well. That's usually the first part to fail.

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Re: Looking for Winch Handles

"...Sailorman in FT Lauderdale, and Boater's Warehouse of Texas..."

Thanks for the quick reply. I checked
with BW of Texas. Here's what they've
got:

Search . The Boaters' Resale Shop of Texas

Postage might ruin any deal.

I'm about 200 miles from Minneys.
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These Lewmar one-hand winch handles are excellent, but a little pricey (about $100.). The good thing is that you can take them with you if you buy another boat.
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These Lewmar one-hand winch handles are excellent, but a little pricey (about $100.). The good thing is that you can take them with you if you buy another boat.
I own 2 of those and love them.. Worth the $100 in my opinion!
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Re: Looking for Winch Handles

I have a Catalina 30, with two speed lewmar 40 primaries.

Never needed more than a simple 8" handle for these.

Got a couple like this on the boat: TITAN Primary Floating Winch Handles | West Marine

And of course, next time you're near Newport (Ca) stop by Minnies.
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If you are in a situation where you are having to use the winch to adjust your sails, do you think you would be able to find it if it went OB even if it floats? I'd imagine that on anything but the most calm seas it would disappear almost instantly.
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Re: Looking for Winch Handles

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If you are in a situation where you are having to use the winch to adjust your sails, do you think you would be able to find it if it went OB even if it floats? I'd imagine that on anything but the most calm seas it would disappear almost instantly.
Exactly - my crew failed to clip on a spinnaker turtle once in light air - it went over when the sail was hoisted and we never saw it again despite a crash gybe.

Floating handles will help at the dock but otherwise they're a dream.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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