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Re: Maxwell 17 one-speed winch
If springs and/or pawls are all you need, which is usually the case, you may be able to use current Lewmar or Harken bits. Before you buy new winches, take one of your pawls & springs to a chandlery and check them against the current stuff to see if they match up.
I needed a pawl & spring for my old Barients and I found that Lewmar parts fit. The only caveat is that with the pawls there is a very slight difference in length so you must change them in pairs. If you don't, all the load will be carried by the longer pawl. I suppose, in a pinch, you could file down the longer one but they are so cheap that changing pairs makes more sense.
The springs can be changed individually.
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