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Old 08-05-2013, 15:13   #1
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The Wincher

I just bought one of those blue rubber winchers by Barton to install on a Lewmar 44 winch, it is supposedly the correct size for a drum size of 80 -90mm and in fact says to fit Antal W42 and Lewmar 44 but it looks way too small an im damned if I can get the thing on. I followed the instructions to soak it for 5 minutes in hot soapy water but to no avail so i was wondering if anyone has any tricks to doing this before I start reinventing the wheel.

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Re: The Wincher

I don't have any experience with them, but I would think that for something like that it's supposed to be an EXTREMELY tight fit so that the rubber doesn't slide around while you're "self-tailing". You could probably use the same process they use for getting tires onto rims....hook one side on, then use a lever to force the rest of it as you go around. Just make sure you wrap whatever lever you're using to prevent damage to your winch.
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As above. Boill it and then let it sit in the water for a while, it needs to heat soak. Come up with a plastic tire iron and something like soap and get it on . Tighter the better.
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We used one on our first Insatiable. We used dishwashing detergent to lubricate it, and levered it on. Was satisfactory for many years.

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Old 08-05-2013, 20:42   #5
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Thanks all, ive tried soaking in hot soapy water, but not boiling so ill try that, I think some kind of tire iron with a center post in the handle hole to run it against is the way to go but it will be a challenge getting enough started to work it around.

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Hot water, boiling if ya wish, lots of dish soap, and a large wooden or hard rubber mallet, push down with one hand and rap with the mallet, worked for me ! just my 2 cents
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:39   #7
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Thanks Bob, ill give that a try. I see you bought a boat,what did you get?

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Hi Steve, from a fellow Lake Superior sailor.

I installed winchers on our previous boat. Good advice here. I also used a hair drier to keep them hot while installing. They do need to be very tight to work -- and they worker pretty well -- but they aren't easy to get on.
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