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.