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Winches, Anderson, Lewmar, Harken

I'm thinking of replacing my single speed non-ST winches with something a little better. To my mind the current Barients are underpowered, so I am looking at Lewmar ST30 (bronze/chrome rather than alloy), Anderson 28ST (full stainless) and the Harken ST40 (again in stainless).

If we assume they are all the same price, which would you go for, and why?

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Re: Winches, Anderson, Lewmar, Harken

Anderson would be my choice. I have 40st's as main winches and 28st's on the cabintop, all Andersons.

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Re: Winches, Anderson, Lewmar, Harken

I have Lewmar ST30 (2 speed) on my Pearson and like them. Parts are easy to get and they are easy to service. I have no experience with Harken and Anderson winches.

With a 135% genoa I've sometimes wondered if ST40s would be a better size winch for my boat. It wouldn't feel much slower, and the extra oomph would be nice in high winds.

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Re: Winches, Anderson, Lewmar, Harken

Andersens, no question - even if they cost more - they are just about the nicest winches out there right now - bulletproof.

The only thing I'd like better would be plain (unchromed) bronze but that's only because I have a fairly funky looking boat.

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Re: Winches, Anderson, Lewmar, Harken

Andersen anytime - saving to replace the existing Lewmar with Andersen.
They're a Little heavier than some of the 'composite' ones, but tougher, easier to service, has the best grip (so they feel bigger than the same size Harken/Lewmar), and they're easier on the sheets than anything else.

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Re: Winches, Anderson, Lewmar, Harken

OK, so sounds like Andersons might be the way to go. Comments on size? The 28ST is what Anderson recommend for the next size up boat (29-32ft) and seems to be the smallest 2speed ST they do.

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Re: Winches, Anderson, Lewmar, Harken

You need to compare the gear ratio's that you have now to the new ones. Only you can make that call.

And if weight and cost don't matter, than I'll vote Andersons as well. They'll last longer than you will.

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My CS27 came to me with 28's as main sheet winches. I already owned a pair of 40's so I moved the 28's to the cabintop, replacing 2 old Lewmars and installed the 40's as jib sheet winches. 28's should be fine for a 27' boat.

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Do you really need 2 speeds on a 27ft boat?

I'm not being rhetorical, I am actually curious as we are replacing ours soon
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Re: Winches, Anderson, Lewmar, Harken

Lewmar 30s are overkill. Just sailed a Bene 39 that had them and they were adequate.

I rather have a slightly smaller 2 speed than a larger 1 speed.
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