Used on sailboats, winches provide a mechanical advantage when controlling sheets, halyards and other lines. Sailboats have a mainsail, usually a headsail and frequently a spinnaker. Sheeting in or otherwise adjusting these sails frequently requires more than one size of winch. At West Marine, you’ll find self-tailing winches and non-self-tailing winches, plus a corresponding selection of winch handles and winch handle holders. On larger sailboats, electric winches are sometimes used. Manual winches can be converted to electric winches with available winch conversion kits. Choose from West Marine’s selection of great brands in sailing, like Andersen, Harken, Lewmar and others. Keep your winch in working order with winch repair parts. West Marine also offers a rigging service where you can get custom running rigging and standing rigging done for your sailboat.