Boat Winch Buying Guide

Boat Winch Gear Ratios

When reviewing boat winches, you will also read about the gear ratio. The gear ratio represents the number of handle rotations required to turn the internal drum once. For example, a winch with a 3:1 gear ratio requires three turns of the handle to turn the inner drum once. In general, the higher the ratio, the larger the boat, which can be supported.

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