I don't know what size winch you need, or what Defender is selling their's for but Catalina Direct has a GREAT price on Lewmar St winches, $624.66 for 30ST (2 speed). Other than spending money there, I have no connection.considering the sale on Lewmar winches that Defender has going right now, why not pick up new ones? just a thought.
Defender had 40ST for the same price for a few days this past weekend. They are now back to $800.
My friend has 48’s. How much are you willing to spend? He would be replacing them with ones running $1,200 a piece, so you’re asking price is going to have to be high enough to make it worthwhile for him as he also wants a Gori prop.
Hmm... That's not my experience with them; my 55's will hold 3/8" dyneema cored line just fine, and the drums/jaws are huge. The biggest problem with these units is that the jaws are anodized aluminum; and on the wave grip the anodizing tends to wear off and then the aluminum corrodes. In addition on the inside of the grip rings where (they attach to the drum) the stainless bolts and drum tends to react galvanically with the aluminum grip rings. So you get corrosion in there and eventually the ring will fail if the corrosion is not prevented.Yes, they will not hold smaller diameter sheets or halyards. You will wind up buying ridiculously larger diameter cordage than you need which might have been fine back in the dinosaur days of stretchy double braded Dacron, but you can do much better. Pass on them. For some strange reason, Lewmar never made a retrofit kit to replace the self tailors.