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funky winches (not wenches) and thankyou

First off, thanks in advance for the replies.... the sailing community gives me faith in humanity (lol). I recently bought an older boat ('72 Grampian 30') that has barient winches back by the wheel near the cockpit.... looks rigged for single handed cruising... but it also has two strange brown winches that I dont even see a make on set a bit fore. Im guessing they are for the spinnaker rig? they have no place for a handle and seem to be made of some synthetic....

anyone seen these or this type of set up? they have odd opposing slots that may need a special tool to crank? some homemade custom job (lol)?

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If they seem like phonolic or something, they may just be for looping the line around to give you mechanical advantage. They rachete only one way. My old Clipper Marine has this type for the Jib.

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These are probably old resin-kind of winches that were meant to act as friction brakes only rather than provide cranking power. The same material can be found in older padeyes, turning blocks and early cam cleats.

If they have slots in the top (or bottom) then they may accomodate a flat handle, unlike the typical 8 pointed winch handles popular nowadays. In that case you can crank on some trim. Those winches are also often found made of bronze.

If you plan to fly a spinnaker it would probably be worthwhile to cruise Craigslist and replace them with newer more efficient winches.
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If they do not take a handle they are called snubber winches. They are still available and are usually only seen on small boats. If they have a horizontal slot on opposing sides they are designed for a flat handle for cranking. The material if a dirty reddish brown color is phenolic. I've only seen it on British gear. It's made by combining linen cloth and a resin under heat and pressure. It's also used for cam cleats and block cheeks. Some of the deck gear on my current boat used it. In 1972 when I owned a 1967 Westerly twin keel it was used for almost everything except the sheet winches which were bronze. It's very durable and would probably outlast the boat it's attached to.
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The material if a dirty reddish brown color is phenolic. I've only seen it on British gear. It's made by combining linen cloth and a resin under heat and pressure. It's also used for cam cleats and block cheeks.
Ooh, I think I have a cam cleat made of this stuff! I was always wondering what the material was.
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The fibre product you are talking about used to marketed as Tufnol and was popular for making deck fittings many years ago.

The slots are definitely for a flat-bladed winch handle and IIRC there used to be a small roll pin in the blade limiting the penetration of the blade into the slot to prevent it going through.

I have seen these also fitted as halyard winches using the same flat-bladed handle but with a little horned cleat on top of the winch to act as a self tailer.
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Tufnol fittings do not outlast the boat. I have a '68 Islander Bahama, and the original "Mariner" Genoa sheet blocks are made of the stuff. They are disintegrating. I have seen tufnol winch drums, it seems that it would be an alright material when used for that. Your boat's original deck plan pictures 2 winches, so I figure one is for the headsail and one is for the spin.
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Tufnol was the name that I couldn't remember. But phenolic is the product. Tufnol ia a brand name from the UK. Every product they make is Tufnol something or other. Even their epoxy and glass laminates are called Tufnol. Sort of a British McMaster Carr.
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