About Self Tailing Winch
You love your new sailboat, but operating the winch is quite a hassle, since you need both hands and sometimes an extra person to help tail the line. What you really need is a self-tailing winch, so that you can do the job all on your own. With a regular winch, you run the line through the drum and then keep the line taut manually to keep it from slipping off the drum. Self-tailing versions have a cleat on the other side of the drum that holds that line taut for you, so you do not have to worry about it slipping. If you are not ready to lay out a large sum for your own new winch yet, then used self-tailing winches do the job, and they fit into the budget much more easily. No matter which type of self-tailing winch you want to add to your sailboat, the vast inventory on eBay means that you can find just the right size. And then you can get out there and sail, either with a hearty crew or solo.