Boat Winches are an essential peice of sailing equipment for any vessel, regardless of its size. To operate a winch, you will need a winch handle - this is inserted into the top of the winch and used to wound the rope tight. This can be stored in a winch pocket when not in use.
Harken are widely regarded as a leading manufacturer of boat winches, with patented designs and stylish looks that compliment any vessel. Harken Radial Winches are the brands' most popular line of sailing winches, and it's not hard to see why. The leading range provides a perfect harmony of secure grip and line longevity with smooth, controlled easing under load. The angle of the ribs is patented, and drives line wraps down when easing to keep them on the area of the drum that provides the most control. Another popular Harken Winch is the Harken Performa Winch - a great solution for those who do not wish to invest in a carbon winch, or whom need a racing winch in a smaller size.
Primarily designed for cruisers and racing crews, Lewmar's excellent range of winches include the Ocean Winch - one of the most popular line of winches ever made. The sleek, stylish winches are easy to service with no tools required, and can be converted to electric (size 40 upwards). Lewmar's EVO Winches derive from the iconic Ocean range, with simple servicing and quick 'fast fit' installation, that enables one person to fit the winch without removing the drum.
What is a self tailing winch?
Extremely popular with solo-sailors, self-tailing winches hold the line in place by themselves - providing you with a free hand when winching the lines.
How often should I service my winch?
It's recommended that you service your winch at least twice a year. If you race, you may want to service your winch before every regatta. We stock an excellent range of winch maintenance equipment to ensure you can keep your winch in tip top condition.
Why Shop With Pirates Cave Chandlery?
For over 30 years we've been selling an excellent range of deck equipment including boat winches, anchor windlasses and more - so know the good from the bad!
Boat Winches are available in a wide range of options - with a number of size, speed and colour options available. If you need any help selecting the right boat winch for your requirements, do not hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01634 295 233, email [email protected] or visit our Rochester store - one of the largest chandlery stores in the UK!
All our boat winches are shipped on a fully tracked, next working day service with a one hour timeslot (UK mainland - subject to stock availability), so there's no long, arduous wait for your winch to turn up.