Sails & Canvas

Our test lineup pitted some familiar automotive products against popular name-brand marine products.

Penny Pincher Pawl Lube

Look to auto stores for low budget lube with Goldilocks viscosity—just right.

Winch pawls require a different lube the rest of the winch. The only time they are moving is under practically no load, clicking along the ratchet wheel until the handle stops turning. A heavy packing of grease can stick and prevent full engagement, resulting in broken pawls, gouged ratchet wheels, and in the worse case, crew injury when the handle spins backwards.

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