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We bought a '86 Irwin Citation 38 last year. The boat's owner didn't do much maintence, I imagine the winches were never serviced. We know that the barlow (2 speed) self tailing winches don't self tail properly. One doesn't do it at all and the other - the line constantly slips. We are planning on fully servicing the winches this spring - but I am wondering if the failure of the self-tailing feature might be that the rubberized grips at the top are old or not gripping or possibly that the jib sheet line isn't properly sized. Any ideas?
 

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It's possible that the sheet is too small. Have you tried placing larger line in the self-tailer?
 

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Sorry if this isn't the correct question area but am new to this posting stuff. I have a Barlow 27 and the selftailing jaws are simply spinning around the drum. Is there a spring or is there some internal plastic nub that may have sheared? I am going to order the new set of jaws from the Australian company but wonder if it will include all the parts.

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