A Classic In Cruising.
The Murray Winch, made only in New Zealand, has been the choice of demanding offshore cruising sailors for more than thirty years. Noted author and three time circumnavigator, Eric Hiscock, uses Murray Winches for halyards and reefing on his new 'Wanderer V'. Lin and Larry Pardey of 'Seraffyn' fame have chosen all Murray Winches for their new boat.
The reasons are simple. Murray Winches are rugged, long lasting and easy to maintain. Their massice bronze castings and traditional bottom handle make them handsome as well as practical additions to any cruising boat.
Advantages of Murray Bottom Handle Winches.
- The handle does not have to be removed while taking lines on and off winch. Set your handles when you set sail - no more hanles lost overboard. You can even add a wrap ehile ratcheting a Murray Winch.
- The top cleat allows self-tailing for small adjustments. With a cleat that turns with the winch you don't have to uncleat and tail while adjusting sheets and halyards. You no longer need to carry a handle to the mast to increase luff tension. The handle is there, flush with the mast, ready to go. No need to uncleat, tail, and try to hang on when that halyard tension only needs to be increased a foot or so. With The Murray Bottom handle Winch, you only ratchet the handle... the winch does the rest/
- Cleaner deck and mast lay-out. No need for extra cleats to stub toes. Some people like to keep their traditional cleat on the mast - it gives them some place to hand the coiled halyard. In New Zealand, most starboard winches rotate clockwise - on the port side, they revolve counter-clockwise. This allows for a symmetrical deck layout. Murray Winches can rotate either way - simple flip over the springs and pawls.
- Rugged construction. ALl Murray Winches are cast of Manganese Bronze and designed to withstand the most rigorous sailing conditions. Murray Winches are builtto last. You can take one apart with only a screw driver and you won't have hundreds of parts all over you deck. You don't need an engineering degree to put it back together. Easy to service - built to last.