Sailing hardware manufacturer Harken is offering a new set of performance winches that are specifically designed for sport sailboats or performance cruising sailboats from 30 to 50 feet in length. Performa winches are midway between Harken’s two existing winch sizes and are specifically designed for smaller diameter, high-strength lines such as Dyneema and Kevlar /PET-covered lines that are common on this size of sailing craft today. The winches are built of rugged components and have composite self-tailing jaws, which are shaped for easy line entry and give the best in gripping power on the winch drum. Bearings are composite and are permanently sealed so not to require lubrication. Metal components are all 17-4PH stainless steel for added toughness. Performa winches are available in 40, 46, 50 and 60 sizes, and in electric and hydraulic drives as well as manual crank systems.