A simple and reliable rope holding solution, everyone is familiar with spinlock’s range of clutches and jammers on the coach roof. But, did you know that Spinlock sells upgrade kits for remote control operation?
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Created as a lightweight alternative to traditional metal clutches, the Cousin Constrictor® is a great bit of kit for reliably holding rope under load with great longevity when properly maintained.
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When it comes to purchasing new sailing hardware, there are a plethora of options available. However, whilst some hardware has a clear place and purpose on a boat – such as hanks, locks and blocks – when it comes down to choosing between a cleat, clutch or jammer it can be hard to know which to go for. The following blog will examine cleats, clutches and jammers in turn, to enable you to determine the best option for securely holding a line on your boat.
At some point in our lives, we have all experienced the vice-like grip of the 'Chinese finger trap'; when pulled, the cylindrical, woven braid is designed to contract and constrain the finger. It is this mechanism that forms the simple premise behind the Constrictor® Textile Rope Clutch.
In recent years, improvements in design have seen a rope clutch move from a cumbersome piece of kit to a powerful addition to a boat. Used on both racing and cruising sailboats, a rope clutch allows high load lines – such as halyards for the main sail, jib or spinnaker - to be controlled without the use of a winch. Other examples of high load lines include those that require cleating, such as tack lines and furling lines.