Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

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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