Chrome Radial® Winches are designed for sailors who want the elegance of mirror-polished chrome to enhance their yacht's lines. They feature chrome drums with black composite bases and tops. The drum's gripping surface is shaped for each winch size and drum material and features diagonal ribs (rather than textured abrasive materials) to maximize gripping power and greatly reduce line wear. When easing, the angle of the ribs stops line from rising, preventing overrides and providing a smooth controlled release as the line exits the winch. High-strength composite self-tailing jaws and skirt save weight. Composite roller bearings reduce friction under load and don't require lubrication. Load-carrying gears and pins are 17-4PH stainless steel for strength and durability.
The Chrome Radial® Winch also has a different grip pattern than an Aluminum Radial®. Chrome has a more slippery finish than aluminum, so the ribs on chrome Radial® winches are spaced closer together to increase friction. This optimizes your grip for trimming, as well as for easing the sail in a smooth, controlled manner.