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Hi all, wondering if there is anyone out there who has these, or has used them.  My primaries are a couple of venerable Barients which I'd like to turn into pseudo self tailers if possible.  

Thanks in advance,

Dave

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I've used them on a 37 foot mono back in 1989 which was a 1976 OSTAR boat with GIBB winches. They worked OK, but nothing like as well as a winch with a real stripper arm on it. I eventually replaced them with Lewmar 48ST. I left the Barton Wincher on the boom winch that was used for the outhaul and slab reefing. It worked better there because the axis of rotation on a boom mounted winch is horizontal. I attached a picture of the version I used.

In my mind.... They are just a stop-gap until you purchase a self tailer. The boat I used them on had already been around the world three times using the non-ST GIBB winches (once single handed and non-stop);  so it's not like you absolutely need them.

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Winchers are not seen on performance boats, went from ST's to non ST's and didn't really notice much difference. ST's are great for halyards, not so great for sheets that are adjusted all the time plus ST's often catch cutting in the tacks. 

Still cheap enough so just give it a whirl, might be perfect for what you need.

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Thanks for the replies, I'd like to get ST's for the boat but they are way too expensive for me at the moment.  My winches are mainly for halyards, outhaul and reefing and I can see that it would be nice to tail the halyards particularly when short handed or solo.  These Winchers seem to do an adequate job for what they are so I'll keep them in the back pocket for now.  When I get out sailing eventually I may find that they're a "nice to have" as you've both mentioned anyway, but it's great to get the advice from those in the know.

Cheers and thanks again

Dave

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Interesting, that TM listing was what kicked off this thread, as I liked the idea (and cost).  I just assumed they were the original Barton Wincher but I guess not.  Thanks for the reply, much appreciated.

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Thanks for the suggestion, I'll have a look for them.  Although it would be a shame to part with the Barients, they're good winches and are running very well post service.

I'll certainly say gidday as I go past, you're pretty hard to miss!

 

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