Features March 2009 Issue

Practical Sailor’s 2009 Rope Clutch Review

Sailboat hardware from Spinlock and Lewmar take on heavy loads in bench tests.

Testers put six rope clutches through their paces on a test jig that measured line tension, line slippage, and the clutches’ holding ability over a long period of time. In terms of overall value and performance, the units tested were a tightly grouped field of competitors. Practical Sailor testers evaluated rope clutches from Euromarine Trading (Antal), the Antal V-cam 814 and Antal V-grip Plus; Lewmar D-1 and Lewmar D-2; Spinlock XCS and Spinlock XTS; and a prototype clutch from California-based Garhauer Marine Hardware. The search for the best rope clutch took a look at the pros and cons of employing a rope clutch for specific tasks as knowing when to clutch and when not to clutch is imperative for efficient line handling and safety.

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