Winch sizes

  • February 20, 2012 6:26 AM
    Message # 830129
    • I am wondering about the size of winches required on a W32, I have pads for four on my mast, two pads on my boom, I have built two mounts on the bulwarks, and will probably need two on the cabin top, I will not be able to afford new selftailers so I am looking for used on the Internet. What I need is some advice on the sizes that are required. Any help would be appreciated.
  • February 20, 2012 7:11 AM
    Reply # 830180 on 830129
    I don't know about required, but I can tell you what is installed on my factory built W32.

    2 x Lewmar 44, yankee sheets
    2 x Lewmar 30, staysail sheets
    2 x Lewmar 30, main and jib halyards.
    1 x Lewmar 18, on the boom for jiffy reefing
    1 x Barlow 10, for the staysail halyard.

    All the Lewmars are self tailing.

    fair winds
  • February 21, 2012 2:44 PM
    Reply # 831790 on 830129

    Bottom line is get the largest size primary winches you can afford.  Smaller winches on the halyards work fine, except maybe you want a two speed winch for the main halyard in case you want to go up on a boatswains chair.

    There is a pretty fair selection of used standard winches available at Minney's Marine Surplus Store in Newport Bech, CA.  Very few used self-tailing winches though.

  • February 21, 2012 5:31 PM
    Reply # 831921 on 830129
    Thanks, out here it is impossible to get anything used except long distance, so it's nice to know what I need, is there a minimum size for each use, then I could be sure to get something appropriate? Thanks nick, self tailing is probably not in the budget but is there anyplace that it is necessary.
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