As far as the rough drum surface, I had asked the Chrome guy to preserve the rough surface of the drum as best he could and it worked out fine. Another intersting aside was courtesy of the surveyor
in Ft. Lauderdale. He used a preprinted multi page form that he simply filled in the blanks. This is my least favorite way to survey
boats. He did give me a nice laugh.... Under the brand of winches he carefully wrote - "Deux Vitesses". A few years later I was trying to locate the winch
mfr. You can imagine my surprise when the automatic French to English
translater said the winches were called - "two speeds"
Never did determine who manufactured them...