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Winch

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Definition: A device used on all but very small sailboats to provide a mechanical advantage when tightening a line (rope). Winches are typically used to raise the mainsail and to trim in jib sheets. The line is wrapped clockwise around the winch drum and a handle inserted in the top; cranking the handle turns the drum to bring in the line.

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