Identifying Barient, Barlow and Masport Barlow Sheet Winches

Almost all Barient, Barlow and Masport Barlow self-tailing winches had a retaining ring to hold the winch drum on. The ring has a diameter of 63mm and a hole in it to fit over the main shaft leaving the winch handle socket open. This screwed onto the gearbox (or the centre stem) and had two small holes either side of the main shaft hole. These small holes located a "sea spanner" which allowed this ring to be removed. The ring had the winch make on it and sometimes the winch size.

Barlow Winches/ Masport Barlow Winches

Barlow produced two different types of self-tailers; Mark 1 and Mark 2.

"Mark 1"

  1. The jaws were a V jaws with the two jaws sloping into each other
    There are no spacers between the jaws
    The jaws were fastened together by four counter sunk machine screws
    The metal top to the winch extended to the very outside of the top jaw
    Easy identification is looking from above you see a metal cap and no plastic top jaw
    The line guide (rope stripper) fastened by two cap screws to the outside of the metal winch top. (As mentioned in 4)
    The grip pattern of the jaws was a swirl tangential to the winch
    The ID of the retaining ring is usually 30mm

"Mark 2"

  1. The jaws are parallel jaws with the three spacers either between the jaws or underneath the bottom jaw. The spacers are to get the appropriate sizing for the rope between the jaws.
     The jaws were fastened together by three counter sunk machine screws.
    The black plastic top jaw is also the top of the winch.
    The line guide (rope stripper) fits over the gear box (centre stem) and extends over the edge of the top jaw.
    The grip pattern of the jaws is straight out from the centre of the winch.
    The ID of the retaining ring is 35mm.
    Masport Barlow

These were almost identical to the Barlow winches except they had a different winch numbering system. (See the winch comparison page)

Barient Winches

The early Barient winches were manufactured in USA and there are very few of them in New Zealand. They often have a circlip holding the winch drum to the main assembly.

The most common Barient winches in New Zealand were very similar to the Barlow Mk2 winch. These internal workings were the same except for the self-tailing device. Barient self-tailers usually had the Barient name and winch size stamped on the top jaw. This applied to both metal and plastic jaw winches. There were 2 models of these.

a. The Grand Prix range had metal jaws and was spring loaded. The spring-loaded jaws had 4 shoulder screws with springs under neath them making the top jaw the one that was loaded.

b. The Offshore range (sizes 17,21,22,24,and 27 only) features were the same as the Barlow Mk2 with plastic jaws.

The very last range of Barient winches update the offshore winches 21, 22 and 24. These were called 21-30, 21-33, 22-35, 22-39, and 24-41,24-45. These were quite different to the offshore series above.

a. They still had plastic jaws but most had no writing on.

b. The bottom jaw was spring loaded - in deference to other Barient winches where the top jaw was sprung. (I.e. the bottom jaw moved when a rope was inserted.

c. These were the only Barient or Barlow winches with a stripper ring (made of plastic) between the top and bottom jaw and located into the metal line lifter.

d. The winch drum was held on by an Allen head cap screw located inside the winch handle socket in the main shaft drive. They did not have the retaining ring, which most Barient and Barlow ST had.

e. As these were the only Barient winches which were able to be converted from 
Plain to self-tailing winches the self-tailers had a black plastic extension, which screwed into the main metal gearbox.

Barlow - Part Number Comparison

Masport Barlow

Barlow AU

Barient

Lewmar

15

15

8

6

16

16

10

7

20

20

12

8

-

23

21

30

26 (standard)

21

18

24

34

24

-

-

40

25

24

40

44

-

25

44

-

27

27

48

55

32

32

54

-

36

36

64/66

 

 

 

 

Other Winches

 

 

 

-

19

17

14/16

-

28

28

50

26ST(single speed)

-

-

-

34ST(single speed)

-

-

-

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