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Re: Aluminum or Bronze winches? small sailboat.
Why do they need replacing? Are the drums worn down or badly scored?
Bronze or S/S are better than alloy. I've personally never understood alloy winches - you save a couple of pounds and sacrifice the strength and near perpetual life of the other materials.
They don't even look as good IMO.
I'd look for some old S/S Barients in a consignment shop if it was my boat - a pair of new Andersens will cost near the value of the boat.
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