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, 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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