Our Insatiable II was equipped with 2xArco 40's as halyard
winches, circa 1990. They, IMO, are a bit lower in quality than some of the "name Brand" equivilants. Biggest point is that, at least in that size range, they lack proper bearings on the small gear
shafts while all the others that I am familiar with do have needle bearings in these locations.
On our older Arcos, the self tailing
jaws were fixed and had rubber inserts to grasp the line. Didn't work well. So, since our main is pretty big and heavy I eventually got tired of having the halyard
fall out and the sail start back downward whilst hoisting. I called Arco-Hutton and enquired as to replacement rubbers. They said that they now had spring loaded jaws (a la Barient
et al) which they could retrofit. Then he said that for very little more they would take the old winch
as a trade-in on a brand new one. I asked Mr Hutton about the missing needle bearings, and he said that they were not only not necessary, but that his plain bearings were better in that usage. Hmmmm... seemed a bit self serving...
Well, I still went along and got the new winch
, and the new selftailers work fine. I'm not convinced that other brands are not a bit better in terms of internal friction, but the price
is attractive as you say. Also, it is a pleasant outfit to do business with, helpful and accommodating, and that counts for something (and is not commonly observed with either Lewmar or Harken
in Oz IME).
ON another front, doesn't lookl ike we will be coming to Tassie after all. ON 23 Dec Ann had bilateral knee surgery, and the recovery period will be lengthy... lots of visits to the physio in our future, so we're staying around the Broken Bay area until she is fit to go to sea again. Must be something about the Wooden Boat fest... every time we try to get there something goes agley. Bugger....
Best to you both.
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Morning Cove, NSW, Oz