Pewaukee, WI - Harken has expanded its popular Radial winch line to bring self-tailing winch control to smaller boats. This single-speed self-tailer is perfect for quickly trimming sheets on small daysailers, hoisting halyards, and managing control lines on medium sized boats to 9 m (30'). It has all the details sailors like about Radial winches and weighs in at just 2.1 kg (5.6 lb). All Radial winches feature non-abrasive diagonal ribs on the drum surface to maximize gripping power and extend line life.
"Other winches tend to push the line wraps up when easing," said Andrea Merello, technical director/vice general manager. "The Radial grip works more like a screw, driving wraps down when easing, preventing overrides and keeping wraps on the part of the drum where you have the best control. The self-tailing mechanism means one crew member can quickly and easily trim or raise sails."
The strong, one-piece stripper arm completely covers the winch top and does not rotate, preventing fingers and clothing from catching in moving parts. The arm can be adjusted to multiple positions after the winch is mounted and is shaped to smoothly feed line into and out of the self-tailing jaws. Under line pressure, the spring-loaded upper jaw adjusts to accept line sizes from 6 to 10 mm. A composite corrosion-resistant bushing handles high loads, and doesn't require lubrication. Load-carrying gears and pins are 17-4 PH stainless steel.
Harken's patented stud-bolt mounting system allows one person to install a winch through predrilled holes on deck-without removing the drum. The drum lifts out as a single unit making seasonal maintenance quick and mistake free.