Catalina 400 MKII
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Santa Cruz, California
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Re: Electric winches
I'm in the process of installing electric jib winches on my Catalina 400. It seems like quite a luxury, yes, but it will, as Minnewasa said, extend my years (I hope) on the water. Lewmar recently had a buy-one-get-one-free sale. I went for it.
I will be VERY careful about who will use them because they can cause lot of damage. I'm comfortable, however, using power winches, perhaps from time I've spent on comercial fishing and research ships. A big part of my plan is to watch the sail, not the winch. Also, whoever else uses the winch needs to be trained and supervised appropriately. Most of the time it is either myself or my wife on the boat. I believe the new winches will be a good modification.