Spare Parts


Kenyon Instruments
Reader Ernie Copp owns some old Kenyon instruments. The company has long been out of business. Following his successful search to find someone who could repair them, he wrote, Leigh of the Ships Store in Portsmouth, Rhode Island was able to locate Miller Marine of Jacksonville, Florida; 904-388-3690. I contacted them and they repair Kenyon instruments, making parts when necessary.

We also heard from another Kenyon owner who recommended Emerald City Marine in Seattle at 206/547-8171.

Orphan Winches?
Roy Meyer, of Vienna, Virginia, had a problem with his starboard Barient sheet winch. An adjustment screw on the self-tailing mechanism broke. For want of a nail, the shoe was lost…

He tried Lewmar (who acquired Barient a few years ago but has disposed of what was left of the spare parts). By chance, he stopped at Bacons, the used sail and parts store in Annapolis. Bacons suggested the Australian Winch Co.

In short order, Meyer was on the Internet with Bruno Resch, who told him that the minimum order was $30, plus $11 shipping. Then Resch relented, explaining that the Australian Yacht Winch Company was based on his love for all winches (he has spare parts for many kinds) and finally offered to send Meyer the screw. Three days later, Meyer was delighted to find in the mail two screws, springs and a parts catalog.

Meyer said Reschs company address is 11 Stoddart Rd., Prospect, NSW, 2149. Phone: 61-2/9688-1570. Fax: 61-2/9636-1676. Email: On the web:

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Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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