Barton Marine Wincher Self-Tailers

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Winchers are rubber disks that fit over the top of your non–self-tailing winches to make them perform like self-tailers. Loading up the winch drums until the line contacts the underside of the Wincher creates friction which allows the line to self-tail. A rope groove holds line reasonably securely around the top of the winch. Practical Sailor magazine recommends Winchers for halyard winches but not for sheet winches, although many of our customers swear by them. Note: Sizes are drum diameter, not the top or base of the winch. Sold in pairs.
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self tailers work great

These work great. Once I changed my sheet lines to a larger diameter, operation was easy. I have a Tanzer 22. My new sheet lines are 1/2 diameter.
Three wraps around the winch and the sheet self tails when the line tension engages.
You do not have to wrap the line in the grove like a metal self tailer. When the line rides up on the winch, the line jams against the lower side of the blue collar. That's how it locks. To release just flip the line over the top.
I now sail solo with my genoa and tack without fussing with a cleat. The key is to use the right line.
If you have a Catalina 22, 25 or a Tanzer 22, you will be happy.

Before installing soak the self tailers in warm soapy water. That softens them up. Also tie a string through the donut hole so they don't get away from you.
Stuckie at on 09/09/2013

A big plus for short handed crew

Used on older Lewmar 4.3 2 speeds. If buying new I'd buy self trailing to start with but these with some caution get the job done
Terry at on 12/12/2013