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Old 26-10-2010, 19:55   #1
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Lewmar Electric Winch Issues

Hello Fellow Sailors:

I have a 2009 Beneteau 49. Lewmar replaced all my electric winches in January due to oil leakage and metal shavings. I noticed that my starboard #65 Primary is making a grinding noise again. Has anyone had any problems with Lewmar Electric Winches?

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Old 26-10-2010, 20:07   #2
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It's becasue Beneteau undersizes the winches. We recently looked at the new 58 and I had to laugh, they have 70's on the thing. When I asked the rep standing next to me all he could say was "they're electric". It simply points out that the boats are built to a price point.

When they replace them again pay for an upgrade to a larger size.

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I have electric winches on my 423 and have not had a problem. I suspect that the winch or electric motor/gears are faulty. If the winch motor is overloaded the breaker will trip. It does not make sense that it is overloaded and starts to grind itself up.
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Maybe he was the one on the thread about sailing naked that got his privates caught in the winch and that caused the gears to self-destruct. Otherwise, my Lewmar 44 has been operating at overload conditions for 10 years and is still working fine - and quietly.
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does anyone knows what kind of gear oil is it???

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Re: Lewmar Electric Winch Issues

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does anyone knows what kind of gear oil is it???
Lewmar recommends using a “light machine oil”, such as 3 in 1.

See also Mainsail’s tutorial ➥ Cleaning & Greasing A Lewmar "England" Winch Photo Gallery by Compass Marine at

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