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Lewmar winch needs line gauge reduction
I am working on an 1987 Nuator Swan 46
It has a large number of Lewmar winches.
These winches have the following problem.
Since the winches where built, rope (line) technology has advanced to the point where the thicker one inch rope is no longer required.
the previous owner has gone ahead and replaced a bunch of the one inch line with 3/4 inch line, however the self tailing mechanism one the inches is still designed to accomodate 1 inch line. This means that the self tailing mechanism does not work a lot of the time.
Is anyone aware of a kit to replace the self tailer with a narrower one?
Lewmar themselves where no help and recommended we replace the winches.
We where thinking of taking the aluminum inserts to a machine shop and getting them shaved down.
Has anyone encountered this problem before? Any known solutions?