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noworries

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Rope Clutches -- Do I want 10-12mm or 8-10mm?
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:29:50 AM »

I just bought a lewmar 10-12mm to put on my cabin top.  Now that I'm looking at everything I'm thinking about returning it and getting the 8-10. 

Right now I have my main sheet and main halyard on the starboard side.  They are both singles.
On starboard I've got jib and spin halyards.

I believe my halyards are all 3/8", and the only thing I have bigger than that is the boom vang, which I can downsize.

I'm trying to get the outhaul, reef line, cunningham, and some other stuff back to the cockpit and it's mostly 5/16".  So I'm thinking I should have gone with the 8-10, but I wanted to make sure I Wasn't missing something
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Re: Rope Clutches -- Do I want 10-12mm or 8-10mm?
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2012, 03:31:46 PM »

I recently installed a new triple from Spinlock (XAS series)- they were rated at 6-12 mm and I am very happy with them on my 3/8 halyards.  I am not sure why the Spinlock has a larger rope size range for the clutch.  Have not yet put any smaller sized lines through it yet.  If you are returning the Lewmar unit then the Spinlock might be an option.
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Re: Rope Clutches -- Do I want 10-12mm or 8-10mm?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2012, 09:14:36 PM »

I went with the Spinlock XTS 8-14 mm (5/16" - 9/16").  This matched existing rope clutches and fit my needs.  I like the size both of the line which it accepts and also the size of the unit.  It is nice and sturdy. and have had very good luck with the current set.
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Re: Rope Clutches -- Do I want 10-12mm or 8-10mm?
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2012, 09:20:51 PM »

so the vibe I'm getting is "go with the spinlock"?  I'm ok with that. 
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Re: Rope Clutches -- Do I want 10-12mm or 8-10mm?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2012, 05:14:08 PM »

Both are very good clutches. I would go with the one that had would fit in the same holes as my old ones. I replaced my old ones with the Spinlock XTS because of the fit.

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