Join Date: Dec 2004
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Those winches you are looking at must be real old as Lewmar has been with the newer design for at least 15 years. Unless you are getting a real deal (are they free?) I would steer clear of them. Yes, they will not hold smaller diameter sheets or halyards. You will wind up buying ridiculously larger diameter cordage than you need which might have been fine back in the dinosaur days of stretchy double braded Dacron, but you can do much better. Pass on them. For some strange reason, Lewmar never made a retrofit kit to replace the self tailors. Seriously, How much are you willing to spend? Because I could easily sell you a dozen of them as my friends would love to have someone subsidize the purchase of some new ones.