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winch way did it go?

Being an old boat, Flirt has/had a lot of older systems on her. One of the main ones found on any sailboat are the winches used to snub the jib in tight.  On a Sprite of Flirt’s vintage they are bolted to bronze mountings on the outside of the coamings that are attached to both the deck and the coaming boards. A very safe, stable, and convenient place to mount them.

While both work, and seem to work well, and have built up a wonderful patina of green on the bronze, the trouble I have with them is a lack of handles and knowing exactly what winches Flirt has.

I know they were made by Merriman, as their Trident symbol is prominent atop them, but from that point on, I am at a loss. As you can see they have a rather unique way of mounting the handle, it does not use a slot into the side, nor does it use a more modern square or star shaped receiver, instead the handle would slot in from the top and lock  much like a rotating latch.

Anybody have any clues? Not only would I want a set of handles, but I would like another to mount on the mast to help with sail tension.

 

 

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A long time sailor who has been away from the water for too long, I am working hard to bring an old and abused boat back to life. When not working on my boat, I can often be found working as a Stage Hand in Atlantic City or just out and about on my Mountain Bike. I really come off as a quiet and boring person when people first meet me.

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