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I am installing new clutches to handle 5/16" halyards on a Frers 33. I am partial to the lewmar larger size, but they seem to rate safe working load lower than the spinlock XT model. Anyone out there have experience with either clutch??
 

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I have had nothing but great results with the Spinlocks. The Lewmars are popular on race boats but I have found them a little more prone to slipage. The Spinlocks may have a little more chafe but I have gotten 15 years out of my halyards with the Spinlocks so I am not complaining.

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Oh yeah- you may want to also look at Garhauer. They make a very well designed product that seems to be reasonably priced.
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Don''t even consider anything less than the best. Practical Sailor rated the Lewmars the best at minimal slipage, line chafe and the ability to bleed line through the clutch. I replaced all of the clutches on my Sabre 34 a few years ago with the Lewmars, they function perfectly, are easy on the lines and available in single, double and triple configurations.
 

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I have Spinlocks XTs and have found them to work well. I Like the Idea with the Spinlocks that I can replace the cams for the smaller Hi Tec line without replacing the clutch. My experience with chafe problem is I end up replacing Halyards because of problems some else other then the clutches area .Antel also make a good clutch.
Bill S
 
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