I recently bought a boat equipped with Lewmar 46 primary winches. Although the jib sheets do not seem too badly worn, I am getting a lot of slippage from the self-tailers on the winches, one significantly worse than the other. My sailing buddies say I need larger diameter jib sheets, but I also understand that these Lewmar''s have spring-loaded tailers. Before I start tearing into the winch, can anyone advies if I need new sheets -- or just a rehab of the spring-loaded tailers?
If one''s worse than the other while using the same sheets, it sounds like the s-t jaws need adjusting. Depending upon the model, you may be able to do this by taking a screwdriver to screws in the top. Lewmar should have a website wi/more info that should be useful. It;s still a good idea to overhaul the winches'' insides as well.
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