These ratchets perform a myriad of uses on a cruising yacht. I use them to secure any dinghy fuel I carry on deck. We use them to aid in securing the dinghy on the davits. SS ones work great but they often end up chaffing or the carbon ends up with minor stains. These have none of those issues. And just like the SS ones you must keep them lubricated. John at Rib-Kit suggest using Silicone Spray, PTFE Spray are both a dry lubricant that are recommended for plastics, Lanoguard Lanolin Spray is a non petroleum product that I sell and is safe on all plastics rubber etc. or maybe just a drop of cooking oil/Olive oil.