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Re: Helms 25 winches

Originally Posted by rmaltz View Post
On the subject of winches, one of my two winches for the jib sail froze solid and will not turn at all. These winches appear to be no-name winches with no markings whatsoever on them. Maybe they are original to the boat. I am unable to loosen the set screw so I cannot disassemble it to see if it can be repaired. So, I am thinking of replacing them. What is the smallest size I can get away with (due to larger winches cost more) as replacements?

As a side question: what is the bulb number for the steaming light on the Helms 25? I would like to have a spare on hand should the currrent light fail.

Thanks very much!
Annapolis, MD.
Helms 25
1976 #562
I have the steaming light off my mast because I replaced it with one that has a down bow deck light. I pulled the bulb out, but it just says 12V 3w. So at least you know the wattage. The socket looks like the same diameter as a common 1157 bulb. However, the pins are directly across from each other, not staggered in height. The base has 2 contact points. The glass part of the bulb is smaller than a 1157. It is 3/4" wide and 5/8" high. You can go to your local NAPA store and look in their bulb rack to find a replacement.

Looks like our hulls are 10 apart.

Rehoboth Bay/Indian River, DE
S/Y KJ, Helms 25
1976 #552
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