Sails, Rigging & Deck Gear

Two closely mounted Andersen winches allow a sailor to effectively trim both the jib and staysail, but this deck layout is not much use if two people are attempting to trim lines at the same time.

Winches Part 2

8 winches, old and new, get a serious sea trial.

In our second look at sailboat winches, we put the deck hardware into action, sea trialing traditional winches that have stood the test of time as well as the newest trends in winch design. Our goal was to hone in on the operational aspects of each winch, scrutinizing how each drum handled line loads and noting which drum shapes were less prone to overrides. Testers also compared the effectiveness of self-tailing systems and the various drum surface finishes used to keep the line from slipping.

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