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Old 08-04-2008, 03:38   #1
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Self tailing winches for an Elizabethan 30

I have recently purchased a Elizabethan 30 in need of a little tlc. It has been decided that because I will be sharing the sailing with my Dad who is in his 60s I should get self tailing winches and a roller reefer. I can't seem to get any direction though on what models are out there for my boat and what other sailors are using. The Lewmar website has advised me to purchase a 44st, but that does appear to be very big for what I want.

Any help or direction will be appreciated.
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Old 08-04-2008, 08:38   #2
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For a 30 footer I would have thought a Lewmar 30 would be plenty for primary winch, the 44 woulkd be more appropriate for a 36-38 footer
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You will NEVER regret buying oversized winches.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:04   #4
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What Joli said!
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:16   #5
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You will NEVER regret buying oversized winches.
I agree with Joli but 44's seem a bit over the top.
In ad on yachtworld for a similar boat says WINCHES: Lewmar (2) #25 in cockpit.

Mind you, if your dad is in his 60's you could say something like: I am fine with Lewmar 30's but, you, you old codger, can pay the excess of my share from 30's to 44's!

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Go with the reccomended size, and then get one of these for the old man

See the electric winch handle: :: MANIWELL :: electric winch handle


also neat for the manual anchor winch with an adaptor

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Yeah MarkJ, we have two Lewmar 25s at the moment and they appear to be the original winches that came with the boat. They are perfectly servicable, but I think the self tailers will suit our sailing better.

Thanks for everyone, I will see how the budgeting discussions go from here!
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If budget is an issue, I bet a combination of the electric winch handle and the Watski Wincher would work a treat.

Watski Winchers

I rely on muscle (so far.... age is creeping up) but have the Wincher on my Meissners.

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WATSKI WINCHER ?

I HAVE SEEN THESE ADVERTISED FOR YEARS BUT
HAVE HEARD PRO'S AND CON"S ON THEM.

DO THEY REALLY WORK?

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Refitted a Watkins 29 some years ago and changed out Barients with #28 Andersons and highly recommend them. Also changed out the hank on genny with a Harken roller furler. No problems, no worries.
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WATSKI WINCHER ?
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DO THEY REALLY WORK?
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They work fine for me

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I HAVE SEEN THESE ADVERTISED FOR YEARS BUT
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I had them for years. THEY SUCK. I now have Andersen Selftailers and it's night and day, apples and oranges, no comparison whatsoever. Selftailing winches was one of the best changes I've done. For singlehanding they are very addictive!
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