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Self-Tailing Winch Stripper Positioning

Last summer I tweaked the position of the strippers on our sheet winches. Makes all the difference to usability and sheet holding if we get a full wrap from the stripper to the direction the crew will pull really right.

Before the change we were having trouble with the sheet slipping out of the stripper after a tack. After the change, problem gone. Small adjustment, big gains.

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Drew Frye


I’ve notice many instructions suggesting the stripper should point straight in, but 30 degrees to the right, as you have shown, is easier to unload and gives a better pull angle.

Terence Thatcher

Thanks. I have been cogitating about this for some time. Now I know how to do it. If not done right, the tail can also get caught in the wraps.