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Merriman or Wilcox-Crittendon?

I thought I had successfully id'ed these as Merriman Top action, but was told in another thread they are wilcox-crittendon. It appears that the w/c winches were advertised as aluminum, and mine appear to be bronze. there is some info here: rigrite.com Also, anyone have an idea what they may be worth (except for 'what someone is willing to pay'), as i am probably going to sell them and am looking for a ballpark number to list them.



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Hard to say, Mick... these old winches really only have value for someone wanting to match an existing set, or to keep an older boat 'in character'.. The handles may have more value than the winch as these things are pretty well indestructable unless corrosion gets going, but winch handles have a way of sinking now and then....

I'd be surprised to see you get much more than $20per unless you find such a specialized customer.. Ebay might the route to go and you'll see what kind of demand there might be....

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I'd have to agree with Faster... and point out that the condition of the winches will have a lot of bearing on what they're worth.

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Those are Wilcox-Crittenden winches... mine (OE on a 1968 Hinterhoeller 28) are exactly the same and the stylized W-C logo is probably stamped in the top of the drum.

While your photo appears brown, I assume they are bronze. W-C also made them in marinium (like mine), which still today appears like new anodized aluminum.

I actually prefer the locking handle design better than modern top-fitting design. (But I sure do like self-tailing designs). I have seen handles and winches like these pop up on eBay on occasion... they do not typically fetch much.

I also have Merriman top-action, and they have a cover plate in the center which, when pulled, provides access to the guts for disassembly. Your W-C is disassembled by simply unscrewing the slotted shaft in the center... the windh handle fits it perfectly.
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Soo... hriehl1... how much would YOU pay for these winches of Mick's??

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I thought I had successfully id'ed these as Merriman Top action, but was told in another thread they are wilcox-crittendon. It appears that the w/c winches were advertised as aluminum, and mine appear to be bronze. there is some info here: rigrite.com Also, anyone have an idea what they may be worth (except for 'what someone is willing to pay'), as i am probably going to sell them and am looking for a ballpark number to list them.



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For a winch in that good of shape, I will give you a Telstar 28 PLUS $20. Smells like dog though...

Ok, plus $25, but that is my final offer...

$50 plus a Telstar?...

Ok, ok... $100, a Telstar 28, and a dog collar that shoots out this stinky stuff that keeps the dog from barking. That's it.

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