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Re: Shopping for rope clutches...
We were just having this discussion on another thread!
I have Spinlock XTS on my boat, and several boats I race on have them too. I love them.
The newer Lewmars are a good product too. They use a unique design that is said to be easier on the rope, but to be honest I haven't seen any damage caused by the spinlocks either.
One knock on the Lewmar's is that they are not as easy to repair, and parts are harder to come by, so when they wear, you end up replacing them. With Spinlocks you can replace the cams easily, and if you change rope diameters into a different size range you don't have to replace the clutch, you just have to change the cam. This is a bonus if you want to use a triple clutch block, but not all your ropes are the same diameter.
The bottom line is that both brands will do the job for you, and do it well. It comes down to which ones you like the look and price of.
A lot of guys here will also suggest Garhauer, which is a make that I don't have a lot of experience with.
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Last edited by SchockT; 03-29-2013 at 04:44 AM.