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Ratcheting winch handle

Awhile back someone was asking about ratcheting winch handles and I thought that would be a cool thing to make but then I recalled that winches themselves ratchet. So, if the winch ratchets, why would you need the handle to do so also?
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Re: Ratcheting winch handle

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(pluck your magic twanger, if your old enough to remember Andy Devine) My 4000 lb swing keel raises on a manual winch on the cabin top. The dodger frame makes it impossible to make a full rotation when the dodger is up. So you must ratchet the winch, however even though the winch is two speed with that load it is just too difficult to turn on the high speed. So it is either drop the dodger, so I can rotate the winch on low speed, or have a ratcheting winch handle so I can operate the winch on low speed part way around and then reverse to gain more space. I suspect boats with larger sails and larger winches may have similar issues.

I hope I explained that well enough!?

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Re: Ratcheting winch handle

This exact subject was posted just a couple of weeks ago. Nobody makes them anymore. Suggest trying ebay, a consignment shop like Minneys or Bacon, or you can make your own from a ratchet wrench and one of those drill-winch drive adapters they sell on ebay.
Others suggested moving the obstacle or the winch, but I think the above options are easier.

Ignore post. I'm answering the wrong question.

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Re: Ratcheting winch handle

Sorry guys, it was a case of brain freeze late at night when I posted this question.
Actually, I want to make ratcheting winch handles with handles that extend for more leverage. My brain must have simply **** down last night.
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