- Nov 21, 2019
anyone use electric winch handle?
if so opinions?
if so opinions?
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did it work well for you?I used a WinchRite® ABT by Sailology Cordless Winch Handle on my Hunter 386 to occasionally pull in the main sheet and furl the main sail into the mast. I still have it and occasionally use it to furl the main sail into the mast. $749.
The "P" (luff) on my main is 44', mast is 56' above the water, two top full battens. Two speed winch, watch this video. You can hear and see it slow down when the reef line start dragging and it's hauling them through the luff and leach grommets, and really drags when it reaches the second reef line. You can see the reef lines running on the cabin top while the main is going up. Even the slightest drag on the reef lines just about stops the main from going up, even using a winch handle, that's why I keep messing with them while I'm raising the main.are thoughs two speed winches?
if not, does it work well?
I have to haul a main sail up a 42ft mast
Dave. I would examine the sail slugs/slides, the mast track and the halyards/sheaves before I bought an electric winch handle.I have to haul a main sail up a 42ft mast
The Cranker - a S.S. Sailboat Winch Drill Adapter BitBill, can you send a pic of the cracker bit? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one or if I did, then didn’t recognize its “dual” purpose. Thanks, Jerry
The Cranker - a S.S. Sailboat Winch Drill Adapter Bit
The one I have is square, paid about $40 for it 10 years or so ago.
Someone sells kits on eBay with a Milwaukee 28v for about $600.
This is the one I have:
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I have a tall rig, little more sail... but I also have a bad shoulder. I can get the main up, but I get sore and more sore as I go past 1/2 way up. the last two feet are the worst. I've been told to get an electric wrench handle for this. mostly it's my wife and I going out and shes as old and less power in her arms. we've had the sail track and sail guides checked and they are ok. dont want to spray anything in the track as it will undoubtedly get on the sail.Dave. I would examine the sail slugs/slides, the mast track and the halyards/sheaves before I bought an electric winch handle.
thanks for the advise, I now have a lot to think about. I will look into the sail kote. the sail foes come down easy. there Doyle sails about 4 yrs old with all reefs and batons. the previous owner died soon after they were put on the boat and I have it now. the sails were inspected and found to be like new. I suspect this is one reason for the stiffness. my son in law has no trouble bringing it up though. the halyard is brought back to the cockpit and pulleys in at the bottom of the mast so banjo effect is not an option. my winch at the top of the cockpit is a single speed which doesn't help. the two speed winches are at the sides and farther back, I use them to trim the 150 jenoa. I have all halyards and sheets changes out last season to avoid the swells in the rope. cranker seems a better option tho I will try sail coat first when I get ready to take it off the hard. I actually live closer to st joe and had a chance to slip there, but was scarred off by the 3 bridges and the fast current on the river. we have also been getting a lot of Chicago people slipping there to avoid the high prices of slip in there area. I decided on Muskegan as there are no bridges and a deep water lake to sail in if the big lake is to rough.Shoulder pain is no joke or pleasure. If getting mechanical help is the way help you go sailing by all means go for it.
I wanted to offer additional ideas that helped me and might work for you.
When I first raised my new mainsail, the sailmaker was at the boat and he sprayed the track and the sail slides with How to Apply SailKote on Equipment, Sails & Hulls - McLube SailKote. Worked like a charm.
When I had the mast down I cleaned the track using SailKote.
It makes the track and slides move without effort.
I can let the Halyard go and the sail comes down on it's own. I would encourage it's use to "ease your pain".
Secondly there are ways to pull a sail that do not require a lot of strength. I run a halyard, on boats with a stubborn sail, around a cleat on the mast. Holdin the halyard tail in one hand, grab the halyard running along the mast with the other hand and lean back like I was pulling on a banjo string. Take up the slack around the cleat and repeat. This will raise a stubborn sail and with little effort.
Another hoist technique, observed, by youthful sailors is to grab the halyard about eye height and holding on, squat or sit down while watching the sail go up. Move hands up the halyard while Standing up and repeat. Body weight is doing the pulling not the arms.
Enjoy those beautiful waters off the shores of Michigan. Lived in the St Joseph area for a while and found it a great place to live and play.
I must confess. I am an old school kind of sailor. I have always done my sail management at the mast. There are lots of opinions and rational about safety and convenience with having the lines run to the cockpit. One thing not questioned, turning the halyards and running them to the cockpit and through clutches will add friction to the lines, making them more difficult to pull.the halyard is brought back to the cockpit and pulleys in at the bottom of the mast