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post #11 of 34 Old 10-10-2007
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Ya oughta try finding handles for the old brass Merryman winches.
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Well you could take the new standard size winch handle to a machinist and have him cut it down to the correct size on his milling machine.
Of course you will have to do careful measurements for him to go by... Better yet, have him take the measurements also and see if they match yours.
Again though it may cost as much as a new handle or two, to have this done properly. Know anyone with a home shop??
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A regular locking winch handle may not have enough meat on the piece that fits the eight-pointed star to machine down to the smaller size. A non-locking handle might be an option though.
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Well you could take the new standard size winch handle to a machinist and have him cut it down to the correct size on his milling machine.
Of course you will have to do careful measurements for him to go by... Better yet, have him take the measurements also and see if they match yours.
Again though it may cost as much as a new handle or two, to have this done properly. Know anyone with a home shop??

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I measured the female receptacle ("socket", or whatever that would be called) on the winch and came up with the following. The measurement from point to point at the widest part of the star on the spline is 7/8". The measurement as measured for a square spline is 3/4" out to out. Thanks for your interest and help!
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vintage winch handle 5/8" square

Referring to the query about old type winch handles, I run into the same problem. I purchased a set of second hand Lewmar 40 winches in perfect condition. Year of production and identification number were etched on the underside as 72/300 and 72/924. The new type star-shaped winch handle heads which I already had on board, however, did not fit.
I contacted the factory and they informed me that the new standard of the winch handle head is 11/16" (measured on the 'square' part), while the older type measured 5/8". They are not available anymore.
I have been looking for a winch handle with a starshape with 5/8", but from another forum I learned that the older winch handles did not have a star shape but were 15.8 mm square (post by Arend Schram on Dutch Albin Vega forum). This is identical to 5/8".
Your problem can be solved by machining down a new winch handle to 5/8" square. Because of the work involved it makes sense to start with a good quality floating winch handle and make sure the square locking plate remains intact. This would give you double insurance against loss.
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PS If someone has an old type winch handle 5/8" square I would be interested. Would save me some work. Always good to have a spare on board.
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Just for the sake of completeness, you might try E-bay and see if anything pops up for that model winch, you never know what somebody might be trying to sell.
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Thanks for taking the trouble of making such an informative picture of your winch handle. However, as far as I can judge from the picture it is a 11/16" square and not a 5/8". Is this correct?
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Wow, The power of the Internet! When "lumeij" mentioned that the old style winch was square, not star shaped, it made me think. Why couldn't I take a current star shaped handle down to a square shape? I had a current handle that was a little rough so I went to work on it with a Dremil. Took me all of a half hour and it works like a charm! Thanks lumeij!
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profesional solution for old winches

You will find new winch-handles for old winches in auclairnautic.com
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