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Besides industrial applications (e.g. in cranes), winches are used for towing cars, boats, or gliders. There are several winches on almost every boat or ship where they are used to pull anchor or mooring lines, halyards, and sheets.
The rope or cable is usually stored on the winch, but a similar machine that does not store the rope is called a capstan.
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