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Re: Floating Winch Handle
I've never had a floating handle. Are there other advantages with weight, etc? Intuitively, I would think them to be less sturdy....
I used them for many years (when you could buy one for $10-12) and thought they'd be easier on gelcoat if they fell or hit it, because of their lighter weight. They seem strong enough. I never broke one, but had a handle grip come off once. IMO, if you break a plastic winch handle, you're probably using bad technique. If the helmsman and jib tailer are coordinated, the tailer shouldn't have to do much hard grinding.
I now use Lewmar one hand winch handles. They're very functional, and not terribly heavy, but I had crew drop one over the side. ($100. and it didn't float.)