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Re: Ratcheting winch handle

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Re: Ratcheting winch handle

If you find a source let me know. I have a winch on the mast that is obstructed and could use a ratcheting handle also.
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It is correct that they are not made anymore. I sold one a year ago on ebay. As above, watch consignment shops or ebay- they do show up once in a while. South Coast made one at one time. Try calling Minneys.

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I would just relocate the stanchion, not a hard Job and probably cheaper.
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Re: Ratcheting winch handle

Not sure of a retail source off hand, but have seen several references to 12" winch handles over the years. Perhaps a bit of extra leverage would help?

Others have pondered the question, too:
http://sailing.about.com/b/2009/09/2...nch-handle.htm

FWIW dept: we have a T-handle 10" that is oodles better than the standard handle. At least one can get more upper body strength into the rotation....

Note B: You might also re-think the location and angle of your primaries. Almost all production boats have their winch bases angled outward due to the overall angle of the top of the combing. This made the original tooling a bit less expensive, looks proper when viewed at the boat show, but leaves the grinders having to reach outward, away from their core strength.
It's fine for a tall and muscular 20-something guy, but terrible for everyone else. After some diagraming and a mockup, we added some risers under ours and changed the angle to bring the winches level.
Now they are much much (much!) easier to use.

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Just buy a socket ratchet from Sears and make up your own.
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If you buy a ratcheting drive from a hardware store for this you will need to baby it to prevent corrosion inside the mechanism. It will require frequent flushing and liberal treatment with a corrosion inhibitor. Or just replace it frequently. You can pick up used half inch ratchet drives for a few bucks and carry a whole toolbox full of them for what you will pay for one ratcheting winch handle.
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Re: Ratcheting winch handle

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Hello Everyone

I have 2 speed winches on my boat.
Unfortunately there is not enough clearance around the winches (for the jib lines) to rotate all the way around.

This means you have to move the handle back and forth rather than around.

When the tension gets beyond a certain point, the "fast" direction of the winch become too hard to move.

The solution would be a ratcheting winch handle that will only engage in the "slow" direction.

any idea where I can obtain some?

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Consider using a Winchbit with a 10" or 12" socket wrench. It works, in both directions, and overall will be less costly than another winch handle.

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Re: Ratcheting winch handle

Hi AndreaNYC,

How much is the constraint? Our Contessa 26 has the winches too close to the stanchions ... for a 10" winch handle. The 8" is fine. We decided to stay with the 10" handle and ratchet it on our single-speed winches as the extra leverage and handle feels better.

Instead of a ratchet, would a shorter handle work in your case?
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Re: Ratcheting winch handle

Also try Bacon's in Annapolis. They have a lot of consignment gear for sail. If you can fine one it will be pricey because they were never common and there is quite a bit of demand. I bought a used one some years ago and it was much more than a new, standard handle. I would not worry about dropping it over the side - with the price and difficulty finding one you will be extra careful.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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