E381 A New Winch--and Why

With annual cleaning and maintenance, Barient winches have stood the test of time. There's not much to go wrong even after 35 years, and Barient parts are still available from an Australian after-market supplier--which ought to keep them cranking for years to come.

But maintenance is required--and lack of it is why I had to replace a venerable Barient 19ST mainsheet winch. Grease on the race bearings collects dirt, grit and salt, which is why we clean and oil them periodically. Most...
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