Spare Parts


Barient Winches
We recently heard from a reader that he was able to purchase replacement roller bearings for Barient 28+ winches, for $55, from the Australian Yacht Winch Co. Or 61 2 9636 1676 fax.

Columbia Owners Association
Mike Keers wrote to say: My modest start, in conjunction with charter member Eric White, has led to the Columbia Yacht Owners Association (CYOA). We now have about 500 owners, a website,, as well as an email discussion group with about 260 active members, sponsored by, and of course C-Nuz, the quarterly newsletter, which also has a website:; e-mail:

Kenyon Instruments
Reader Dale Hobbs of Seattle wrote to say, I have some additional information regarding Kenyon AWIs.

The masthead sensor on my 1968 Columbia 36 quit a few years ago. Kenyon used a 400Hz 5-wire Selsyn transmitter made by Bendix Aviation. I searched all over the country looking for this Selsyn, including Miller Marine in Florida who handles some of the older Kenyon instrumentation (as you mentioned in the Octrober 1, 1999 issue). I was repeatedly told these Selsyns were no longer available. I finally found success at an electronics surplus outfit called Fair Radio Sales Co. of Lima Ohio (419-223-2196,; . The part no. is AY-201S-2B, $17.50. It is an exact drop-in replacement.

Brian Pollard wrote, In your December issue there are letters on Flag Failures. The very best flags I have found (one has lasted some ten years) are made by – Zephyr Flags & Banners, Midland Road, Thrapston, Northants, NN14 4LX, England. Tel 0832-734484.

Darrell Nicholson
Practical Sailor has been independently testing and reporting on sailboats and sailing gear for more than 50 years. Supported entirely by subscribers, Practical Sailor accepts no advertising. Its independent tests are carried out by experienced sailors and marine industry professionals dedicated to providing objective evaluation and reporting about boats, gear, and the skills required to cross oceans. Practical Sailor is edited by Darrell Nicholson, a long-time liveaboard sailor and trans-Pacific cruiser who has been director of Belvoir Media Group's marine division since 2005. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license, has logged tens of thousands of miles in three oceans, and has skippered everything from pilot boats to day charter cats. His weekly blog Inside Practical Sailor offers an inside look at current research and gear tests at Practical Sailor, while his award-winning column,"Rhumb Lines," tracks boating trends and reflects upon the sailing life. He sails a Sparkman & Stephens-designed Yankee 30 out of St. Petersburg, Florida. You can reach him at