Harken single-speed winches are the finest small winches made. They feature all-metal bases and bushings or bearings where other brands use plastic bodies and no bearings.
The B6 and B8 feature a simple Delrin-bearing sleeve. This bearing is almost maintenance free and requires only occasional cleaning. These winches are ideal for small day sailors and pocket cruisers who want to avoid the hassle of pulling direct from the sheet.
The B32.2 and B40.2 both have roller bearings on the interior center shaft and 17-4 PH stainless primary gears features generally found only on competitors larger winches.
Three-speed winches are popular for sheets on racing boats where fast line speed during tacks is important. The B48.3 is a direct-drive winch with a very fast first gear. Select first gear by depressing the name-plate next to the handle socket. Reverse handle rotation and the winch will automatically move to the next gear in sequence.