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Winch ID

Any idea what make these things are? they appear to be bronze, no id marks, and the winch handle has a button/lever jobbie that slides all the way through the top...

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btw, my firewall at work wont let me test my own links, would someone please post if they are even working? lol. thanks.
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Links work. Dunno about the winch.
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Very old Enkes maybe?
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It is an older Merriman Top Action winch similar to the following:




Some parts and winch handles are still available from Rig-Rite. They were actually pretty good winches, installed on some of the early Cal 20's.

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I think Hylyte's got it.. these are pretty simple, robust winches for smaller boats. Just don't lose the handle!! (we did but fortunately were able to have new ones machined at my place of work - some 20+ years back)
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thanks gang! now.... ive got phenolic Tufnol winches for the spin, should i consider yanking them and replacing them with the merriman's? the merriman's would cert. look better, and heck those Tufnol winches use a similarly goofy slotted handle set up as well.....
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Dear Mick,

That's the jib halyard winch that's on the mast of my Columbia 36. Circa 1968. The handle snaps in and is great if you're on a starboard tack with the lee rail in the water becuase it won't fall out. Old low tech but keeps on ticking and the handle hangs down along side the mast out of the way.
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ive got phenolic Tufnol winches for the spin, should i consider yanking them and replacing them with the merriman's?
"If it anin't broke, why fix it?"
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Here, here!

Let me get this straight.... It's got to look good rather than work?

Please buy your Versace Winches.
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