Rope clutches ?

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Rope clutches ?

Postby Timothyamoll » Sun May 14, 2017 4:41 pm

Any clue what brand the original rope clutches are? Specifically on the starboard side by the helm . We have a couple on our new boat with broken handles. Any opinions on replacements ? Spin lock, Lewmar, Antal ? Input appreciated.
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Re: Rope clutches ?

Postby Timothyamoll » Sun May 14, 2017 5:02 pm

I should of added are replacement handles available ? They seem a bit under size in general so I'm not against upgrading

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Re: Rope clutches ?

Postby thinwater » Sun May 14, 2017 8:51 pm

If there is significant load on the line, releave the tension by taking load onto a winch. Forcing them is probably how they were broken. I don't think they are undersize.
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Re: Rope clutches ?

Postby Timothyamoll » Mon May 15, 2017 8:45 pm

I understand how they work, just wondering who made them ?? Ps the surveyor broke one of them
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Re: Rope clutches ?

Postby thinwater » Wed May 17, 2017 12:09 am

Mine are older Spinlock XA. Not all boats use the same parts, so you may have something different.

A few minutes with Google revealed the following. I hope it helps. I've yet to break one, but if you are farther south, UV is a bugger.

http://www.apsltd.com/xa-replacement-handle.html?fee=5&fep=30161&utm_source=Google+Shopping&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Product&gclid=CjwKEAjwxurIBRDnt7P7rODiq0USJADwjt5DSSEB7oK1Faqb6Nrli-fkKBjNl87DGgl62EtfBpEmJBoC4x7w_wcB

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Re: Rope clutches ?

Postby amytom » Wed May 17, 2017 8:49 am

Drew,
If that picture is from your boat the one on the end isn't looking to healthy.

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Re: Rope clutches ?

Postby thinwater » Wed May 17, 2017 10:43 am

Not my boat. The only good pic I had was good enough to identify, but shaded.

This is a discontinued model, though it was very common and parts are still widely available. If it needs replaced, it is simple to drop the ceiling and access the bolts.
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Re: Rope clutches ?

Postby Timothyamoll » Thu May 18, 2017 8:43 pm

Thank you Thinwater,
Those are the units. I found some handles on line that I believe are correct , will see. If you lift the handle there is a XA and rope size marked there.
Hope to be sailing soon, slow start this year in New England
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Re: Rope clutches ?

Postby bg5w » Wed May 31, 2017 12:54 pm

I have the same - spinlock XA. Recently broke one and replaced all 8 as they are 20 years old, and brittle. Cost was about $15 each.

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Re: Rope clutches ?

Postby Serenity » Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:08 am

I just busted a rope clutch handle, and decided to get the $40 service kit from defender.com (http://www.defender.com/product3.jsp?id=1501739) so I could replace the cracked sides as well. The installation was straight-forward. I highly recommend using a silicone based lubricant on the handle/cam joint. I am using B'laster brand (http://blastercorp.com/Silicone-Lube) that I bought at Home Depot. The clutches are closing much easier now--no need to force the 20-year-old plastic handles!

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