SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: Help ID this Rope Clutch Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
07-15-2009 09:46 PM
sailingdog IMHO, the best line clutches are the Lewmars. The mechanism they use is the easiest to adjust under even the heaviest load and does the least damage to the lines. Spinlocks can often jam under high loads, requiring you to ease the load on them using a winch prior to releasing them. They are also among the least expensive of all the line clutches.

However, Lewmars, due to the "domino line clutch mechanism" they use, have the smallest range of line sizes they can handle, and need to be sized appropriately for the task.

Be aware that the Lewmar line clutches open in reverse compared to many other brands... and note the little winch icon and arrow on the line clutch when installing them.
07-14-2009 02:49 PM
labatt Regarding singles vs. doubles vs. triples... We have Lewmar D2's which have to be sized for the line going through them (usually allows a 3mm variance in line size). I don't know if all clutches are like that or not, but with singles you can replace individual clutches if you change line sizes. We just did that a few months ago when we ran a third reef and had to swap out two clutches. Using the singles, we could just swap out the two and not have to swap out the entire bank. I know you can just replace the innards, but it only took me about 3 minutes per clutch to unscrew the old one and screw in the new one.
07-14-2009 01:52 PM
JT1019 It is a Spinlock. Call Chuck at Sound Rigging in Essex CT, he has all the info on how to rebuild them.
07-14-2009 01:46 PM
PalmettoSailor You can get nearly identical Garhauer clutches from Catalina Direct. It looks like you have four singles there, but you could do two doubles or a triple and a single to get all four lines covered. These clutches look like something out of a tractor factory but they are affordable, strong and durable.

Catalina Direct: Running Rigging
07-14-2009 12:41 PM
labatt What clutch to replace them with is like having a "Which anchor is best" conversation. We have the Lewmar D2's and like them - almost no slip when engaging under heavy load and easy to open under heavy load. I also like the fact that they open towards you. Anyway, practical sailor did clutch reviews recently so you might want to look up that article. I'm surprised to hear Garhauer doesn't have replacement parts for those ones...
07-13-2009 11:49 PM
poopdeckpappy Look at spinlock
07-13-2009 11:19 PM
countdemonet OK. I'll answer my own post. Here's the email reply to an inquiry I made to Garhauer.

"This is a Garhauer product. This is an obsolete part and replacement parts
are not available."

07-07-2009 08:46 AM
Help ID this Rope Clutch

What brand and model is this rope clutch? There may be some markings on it but I'm away from the boat and need to find some maintenance info. Vintage is 1990.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome