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Aluminum or Bronze winches? small sailboat.

Just curious what people's opinions are. The boat is a '75 Raymond Richards Ranger 24 - has the original aluminum winches on it and they need replacing. Aluminum would go with the look of the boat better, but I'm a big fan of reliability over style. pros/cons/opinions. Go.
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Re: Aluminum or Bronze winches? small sailboat.

The winches you have are 40 years old and you are worried about the reliability of aluminium winches?
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Re: Aluminum or Bronze winches? small sailboat.

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The winches you have are 40 years old and you are worried about the reliability of aluminium winches?
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Everything is relative I guess... but good point.
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Re: Aluminum or Bronze winches? small sailboat.

If you need new winches try Anderson. Stainless and in my opinion the best available. ANDERSEN Winches | Worlds best Stainless Steel Winches for Yachts
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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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Re: Aluminum or Bronze winches? small sailboat.

I have a pair of stainless Barient 16s, old but perfectly serviceable - I replaced them with ST winches and not because they were busted. You could have them for $300 but not sure on the shipping cost as they are rather heavy.
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Re: Aluminum or Bronze winches? small sailboat.

I picked up a pair of Barient 10 stainless winches for $200 on ebay when the old marelon ones disintegrated. I figure these will outlast the boat.
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Re: Aluminum or Bronze winches? small sailboat.

had some beautiful lewmar bronze self tailers on a previous boat of mine, but it was wood so it went with the look...I could of never afforded them if I had to replace them but was happy the boat came with them

they performed and looked great zero maintenance to the bronze, just left them patina naturally
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