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Old 07-19-2009
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Lewmar ST winches - too easy to come apart?

I just bought a Lewmar 16ST, and found out that unlike the 16ST on my old boat which required unscrewing four machine screws to take it apart, the new version has a plastic cap that unscrews and then the self-tailer can come right out.

This bothers me; it seems like it is too easy to come apart. One plastic screw-on cap with no locking device of any kind is all that keeps parts from coming out. My application is on the mast, horizontally mounted, so it especially bothers me that one plastic screw-on cap is all that stops parts from falling out and going overboard.

I'm considering taking back the winch and getting another brand. Am I overreacting? Is this really a good design?

Brian Stipak
Portland, Oregon
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