Lewmars are pretty well known to never reach the loads they state and they aren't alone in that either by the way. Most just don't, I know I have an test rig for winches. It's not used for testing loads as such, more what ropes will or will not work on them. But boys being boys who love toys do see what loads they will actually lift
. Most don't reach the published numbers, some only by a little but some by a lot.
And Chuck is right, there have been changes since 2004. And so is Iwinsailor never go on max load, use the Working load.
One thing that is not well known is that there is no standardised test for winches apart from one for waterproofness (Lewmar has had big issues there as well in the past). So you can't compare one to another easily. Comparing by wattage is also not that good, much of the grunt is gearbox
related not wattage related. A 600W Maxwell
will pull easy twice what a 600W Lewmar will as an example.
But saying all of that Lewmars aren't bad just at the less powerfull end so don't push it load wise and you should be OK.
Lewmar are also losing many outlets due to poor service. Sadly I'd have to agree with that from our experiance. We need a new gypsy
for a small Pro-fish and lewmar could not air post it out to us, it had to come by ship and took 4 months. It was a very small 1kg item not a 250kg Delta
anchor. By the time it arrived the owner had got pissed off and replaced it with a Lofrans
. Can't blame him at all, Lewmar was pathetic.
They have also changed gypsy
design on some of their winches to suit XX chains. Sadly the XX chains don't fit and Lewmar refuses to belive it.
So while Lewmar maybe a bit of a shocker the winches are OK but not the gruntiest ones. They are popular on the small fizz boats but not so much once you start to get up in size.
Don't believe the bit where they say they will run happily on a 8 braid. Experience has shown them to be very hit and miss on that, mostly miss. Use a good 3 strand instead.
I deal daily with most name brand winches, the sellers of them, the boatbuilders who fit them and the users who use them and the people who fix them i.e lots of people right through the winch food
chain. My connection is to get them to work properly for the assorted agents here and believe me, none of us believe all the specs as written.