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Do sailors dislike Lewmar 43s?

I just bought a pair on eBay, cheap. Yes, they're seized but I can fix most anything and they look sharp (nice chrome with black top rings) and fairly current (not the old Lewmar England ones). But while the ratios looked good to me (and easier for my 12-year-old crew), the 43s don't seem to command similar Lewmar values. Have you ever owned or raced these winches? What's your opinion on them? Thanks, in advance, for your guidance. Sailnet advice has been so helpful.
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Probably because they're a much older design and more difficult to get parts for.
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I've got Lewmar Wavegrip winches which are the self-tailing version but I think they're 48's. They will be the same as the 43's and these will be original (my boat was built in '89 and they stopped production on these in '91). They're still perfectly functional and I can't see them being replaced anytime soon.

I can see no reason why these are less expensive than normal unless they're an unusual size? They're pretty good winches IMHO
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