The Ubiquitous Winch
Testers examine selftailer leads, drum configuration, and line-handling jaws, all key parts of winch design.

The Ubiquitous Winch


In this first installment of a two-part look at winches, we present an overview of market trends, an in-depth look at two product innovations, and a retrospective look at how some of the older technology has been holding up.

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  • Boat Maintenance

    How big does a backing plate need to be?

    Practical Sailor recently tested the strength of solid laminate with relation to the bolt passing through it. We also tested several materials used to make backing plates when attaching fittings, hardware, and structural components to the boat.

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  • Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

    Tandem Anchoring

    Recent tests on a miserable holding bottom in the Chesapeake Bay showed that conventionally sized anchors just don’t hold in a soupy bottom. Those that can—pivoting fluke anchors—aren’t always the easiest to set, and security during wind shifts is much debated....

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  • Safety & Seamanship

    Dockside Mooring

    No sailor can resist the temptation to look over another sailor’s work, and nothing draws the eye faster than your neighbor’s docklines. We like to know our boat and our neighbors’ boats will be where we left them when we return, not rubbing together or worse....

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