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Old 16-06-2015, 20:12   #1
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Is this really a size 28 winch?

It's for trimming the genoa on a 47 foot sailboat. It looks more like a 50 to me...

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Re: Is this really a size 28 winch?

Apparently Euro winches use a different "scale" vs N.American

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Re: Is this really a size 28 winch?

Barient used a different nomenclature for winch sizes. Instead of quoting the mechanical advantage offered by the gearing and drum diameter, they used the measured static pull offered with a nominal 100 lb force on a ten inch handle. In theory this included useful things like frictional losses. Today (as then, actually) most vendors simply use the mechanical advantage number for the size.

And those old stainless winches were really beautiful!

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Re: Is this really a size 28 winch?

So I should be fine with 50 or above winches. Thanks! The ones I have are in great shape but it is a challenge to trim the sails in high winds. Is there a way I can convert the Barients to self tailing?

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Re: Is this really a size 28 winch?

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So I should be fine with 50 or above winches. Thanks! The ones I have are in great shape but it is a challenge to trim the sails in high winds. Is there a way I can convert the Barients to self tailing?

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You can try Arco-Hutton(The Australian Winch Company) in Sydney, Australia. They have spares for barients, and IIRC do offer conversion to self tailing.

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Re: Is this really a size 28 winch?

I'm going to do this:

Self-Tailing Winch Conversion fits Barient, Barlow, Cathay, Universal and others: Winchmate
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