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winch size? How critical?

We have a Beneteau 352 and there are only two winches on the boat, both atop the cabin. We have plans to install two additional winches back near the wheel on the combing with a bracket. The winches currently on the boat are Lewmar 42. We have found a good deal on a pair of Lewmar 40. We will use the new winches primarily for the operation of the jib, which is a 140% genoa. The additional winches placed in the back will make single hand sailing much easier.

Will the Lewmar 40's be sufficient or will we have a problem going down one size from the 42's?
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Re: winch size? How critical?

I would think you would find the 42's somewhat marginal to start, so definitely don't go down in size. Be sure you have your lead angles worked out carefully and the winches positioned so the sheets can/will fall off the feeder arm or you'll have problems with their operation...
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We have a Beneteau 352 and there are only two winches on the boat, both atop the cabin. We have plans to install two additional winches back near the wheel on the combing with a bracket. The winches currently on the boat are Lewmar 42. We have found a good deal on a pair of Lewmar 40. We will use the new winches primarily for the operation of the jib, which is a 140% genoa. The additional winches placed in the back will make single hand sailing much easier.

Will the Lewmar 40's be sufficient or will we have a problem going down one size from the 42's?
Have you seen this?
http://www.lewmar.com/cms/assets/1/c...tion_guide.pdf
Should not be much difference between 42 and 40..

I have 46 winches (Andersen) on my 38 footer
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Re: winch size? How critical?

Bigger the better. With so many boats being scrapped, there is a surplus of used winches in excellent condition. I'd prefer a big used winch over a new, too small one.
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Re: winch size? How critical?

I've got 40 equivalent (Barient 23) genoa winches on my masthead 33 footer. They are undersized for a 135 jib when the wind exceeds 15 knots apparent. I'm putting on Andersen 46s this winter.

40s are IMO too small for your jib winches
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Re: winch size? How critical?

You can always point up and luff the jib a bit if the winch isn't big enough to trim the sail in. Racers want to be able to trim the jib in without luffing, but for recreational sailors/cruisers it's not such a big deal.
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Re: winch size? How critical?

I'm still puzzled by a boat that size with only two winches on top of the cabin.
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I'm still puzzled by a boat that size with only two winches on top of the cabin.
As are we. This is our first boat and you learn what you didn't know after you have sailed a bit.
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Re: winch size? How critical?

If you find the current winches adequate, why not move them aft and put the 'new' ones on the cabintop for other duties?

Beyond that, I've never heard any sailor say 'Crap.. these winches are too big/strong/powerful'....
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I'm still puzzled by a boat that size with only two winches on top of the cabin.
This pic explains it ..

OCEANIS 352 (BENETEAU) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
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