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Re: Which winch?
+1 for making any decisions only after you've had a chance to take the winches apart to see what you are actually facing. Of all the machines on a boat, winches are probably the longest lived.
FWIW: I've found that Lewmar pawls and springs fit my Barients just fine. The bearings OTOH are another matter.
As to making them all from the same manufacturer, I know you realize that this is purely cosmetic. A TrueValue hardware screwdriver looks funny among a drawer full of Craftsman tools, but it works just as well.
Since the boat is new to you, you may want to belay any major spending decisions until you've had a chance to sail it a bit. It would suck to have sunk all that money into replacing something that is otherwise serviceable, only to find that it would have been put to better use on something that has a better ROI.
BTW: Congrats on the new boat!
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