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Re: WINCH 1 do I have. plz help
It looks like a knock off. For many years the Asian boatyards would supply their boats with locally made Asian copies of major winch company products. Some of these were reasonably good products but most cut corners in terms of lacking roller bearings, using out of date technologies and mediocre metalurgy. The other issue with these winches was that you could not get replacement parts. There was a time when there were very few standard winches on the market so it was not unusual to have a one of a kind winch. By the time that 2 speed winches hit the market, (like this one) the design was complex enouigh that most yards bought off the shelf Barients, Barlows, Lewmars, and Merrimans. But not the Asians.
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