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Bob & Susie Duddridge
3 Posts
15th May 2019 - 11:55 am

Asama has a pair of Lewmar 16 ST winches.  They are very good but very underpowered.  After nearly 20 years of struggling in anything more than a light wind when tacking I have decided to invest in larger winches.    I am tempted by Lewmar 30's,  but wonder if 40's would be better.  I don't want to damage my genoa using winches that are too powerful, but conversely I don't want to spend a large amount of money on a set of winches and end up wishing I had forked out for larger ones in the first place.

Any advice would very much appreciated.




Peter Mulville
210 Posts
16th May 2019 - 1:16 pm

The Lewmar 40 are worth the extra. I don't think there is any risk to the sail.

I would note that long ago I had a customer who made parts [the bronze gears] for Lewmar. He was amazed at the sale price of the winches compared to the price he charged; noting also that he made a good margin as Lewmar were insistent on very high quality materials and workmanship.

I also recall that at one time they were considerably cheaper in the US...but I have just looked and it seems prices are similar.


Bob & Susie Duddridge
3 Posts
16th May 2019 - 10:40 pm

Thanks for your advice Peter.  I did look at Lewmar 40's when I first bought the boat.  They were half today's price then but still an eye watering sum.  

A job best left for the winter layup, given the position of the current winches and issues with lifeline stanchions etc.    Jobs on boats are rarely straightforward.  I replaced my 26 year old bow fitted Stowe depth sensor this winter and that turned out to be a much bigger job than anticipated.  Luckily the glassfibre is very thick in that area of the hull.  A story for another day? 

I had better get saving!

Dot Granville
16 Posts
4th June 2019 - 7:36 pm

Another vote for the 40s. I fitted a pair at the beginning of this season and they have transformed sail handling.  The lower gear is just right for being able to get the sheet in tight in a strong breeze, so I think the spec is right for the boat.  Self tailers too if you can afford them - money well spent.

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