Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 18-11-2014, 11:32   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 1
Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

any good way to convert my present 1990 lewmar 40 winch to electrical without spending an arm and a leg?
__________________

McDavid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-11-2014, 11:37   #2
Moderator
 
a64pilot's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Albany Ga.
Boat: Island Packet 38
Posts: 18,410
Re: convert present winch to electrical winch

I do the Milwaukee drill thing myself, maybe not exactly what you wanted, but it works surprisingly well
__________________

a64pilot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-11-2014, 12:20   #3
Senior Cruiser
 
Blue Stocking's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: St. Georges, Bda
Boat: Rhodes Reliant 41ft
Posts: 4,131
Re: Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

Nope !!
__________________
so many projects--so little time !!
Blue Stocking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-11-2014, 15:03   #4
Moderator
 
JPA Cate's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: aboard, cruising in Australia
Boat: Sayer 46' Solent rig sloop
Posts: 12,240
Re: convert present winch to electrical winch

Quote:
Originally Posted by a64pilot View Post
I do the Milwaukee drill thing myself, maybe not exactly what you wanted, but it works surprisingly well
So do we, pilot, and as you say, it works surprisingly well. It is not elegant, but supremely serviceable, just keep the batteries far away from the AP compass.

Ann
__________________
Who scorns the calm has forgotten the storm.
JPA Cate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-11-2014, 15:52   #5
Marine Service Provider

Join Date: May 2012
Location: New Orleans
Boat: We have a problem... A serious addiction issue.
Posts: 3,980
Re: Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

If it is a self tailing winch you can probably sell it for about 90% the price of a new ST winch, then use that money to offset the cost. But I am pretty sure the older lewmar's aren't upgradable (the new ones are).
__________________
Greg

- If animals weren't meant to be eaten then they wouldn't be made of food.
Stumble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2014, 01:19   #6
Registered User
 
d design's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Whangaroa, New Zealand
Posts: 242
Re: Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

sell it and get a harken winch
d design is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2014, 03:09   #7
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 32,203
Images: 240
Re: Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, McDavid.
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2014, 08:15   #8
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Seattle
Boat: Herreshoff 38 Catketch
Posts: 9
Re: Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

Winchrite has an electric winch handle. Work great. can be recharge 12v or 120v.
sailormon46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2014, 08:32   #9
Senior Cruiser

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Long Beach, CA
Boat: Tayana Vancouver 42
Posts: 1,952
Re: Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

Winchrite is a good product and a great company to do business with. Google Sailology. I've been using mine for 4 years.
Tayana42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2014, 08:53   #10
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 32,203
Images: 240
Re: Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

See ➥ http://www.lewmar.com/products.asp?id=8127&channel=1
__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2014, 09:10   #11
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Kent Island, MD
Boat: Hunter 376 - 37' 3"
Posts: 3
Re: Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

Check with Lewmar to see if it is upgaradable - I recently ordered the upgrade kit from Defender , about $1,500, with the boat show discount. As for the WinchRite - my boat came with a non-functioning unit - I sent it to sailology with the required $150.00. It worked for approximately 1 1/2 seasons and quit - I contacted them and they wanted another $150. I figured that in the long run, it would be cost effectice to upgrade the winch.
sv Red Sky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2014, 09:42   #12
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Galena, MD
Boat: Hunter Vision 32
Posts: 72
Re: Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

Quote:
Originally Posted by McDavid View Post
any good way to convert my present 1990 lewmar 40 winch to electrical without spending an arm and a leg?

The Winchrite is how we went after combing the show for a conversion. Our boat had the power winch as an option 25 years ago so putting it in would be fairly easy but there were no originals to be found. Winchrite discontinued the last model and introduced a "new and improved" version for nearly twice the price. Defender had some left at clearance prices after the show.


Cocktail Pirate
SqPeg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2014, 10:38   #13
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Cruising, now in USVIs
Boat: Taswell 43
Posts: 313
Re: Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

We just completed 2 seasons sailing the Med and using the Milwaukee 1/2 " drill+winchbit for all our reefing and some of our trimming....its a little heavy and awkward, but it woks great. And, when you need a strong or big drill, it dies double duty. We think it was money very well spent, and a lot cheaper/easier than converting to electric winches. A really good solution!
sailcrazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-11-2014, 10:39   #14
Registered User

Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Cruising, now in USVIs
Boat: Taswell 43
Posts: 313
Re: Convert Present Winch To Electrical Winch

PSts really worth its weight in gold when it blowing crazy and the seas are big!
__________________

sailcrazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cal, electric, electrical, winch

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for Present and Former Owners of Small (Under 30') Boats CastOff Monohull Sailboats 28 14-09-2011 10:48
Choosing a Present (What Do i Need for MaxSea to Run ?) durutti Navigation 1 17-08-2011 06:04
Sailing Present LeatherSail Commercial Posts 0 27-06-2011 13:00
Present 41 trawler sunfun1975 Powered Boats 2 30-01-2009 05:18
A newbe at present in BC mars bar Meets & Greets 5 26-07-2007 18:33



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:07.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.