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Sort of looks like self tailer

We looked at a boat today. The primary jib sheet winches sort of looked like they were self tailing, but sort of didn't.

They had a slot at the top of the winch but didn't have a "guide" into the slot. I don't see how they could possible function as self tailers without that guide that you typically see on self tailing winches.

Has anyone seen something like this before? Maybe it is just a way to cleat the sheet once it is trimmed?

Sorry I don't have a pic right now. I'll try to post one later.
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Arg.... why can't I attach a picture attachment? It is less than the file size requirement and the pixel size requirement....

how about this link:

http://clearboxsolutions.com/sail/im...s/img_4025.jpg
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@EpicAdventure

It looks like Watski Self Tailer Winchers are on those non-tailers. Google it, and some good info comes up. I have no experience with them, so I can't help you out there.

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Those are called winchers. They're an aftermarket pseudo self-tailing add-on to a regular winch that semi-sorta-kinda acts like a self-tailing winch, only they really don't.

Is that definitive enough?
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I have Winchers on the Lewmar 40s on Grey Goose. Self-tailers? No, but (a lot) better than nothing. Check this thread for other opinions:

The Wincher, any good?
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Thanks for the replies.

I can definitely see them sort of not really working!
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Thanks for the replies.

I can definitely see them sort of not really working!
I single-hand regularly and have used them in 15-20K without having them fail. Again, not the same as a self-tailer, but the cost difference was worth it.

Plenty of people use them and like them, but like anything, other people think they're a waste of time and money.
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