I am considering putting a new (to me, I cannot afford the cost of BRAND new without the Admiral looking more closely at the OPTAR funding
expenditure gap) winch
pair on the mast
. There is already a box hanging on both sides of the stick with a plate on each side, already drilled and tapped for mounting them. The vessel is my 78 Hunter
27, so it does not make great sense to use brand new winches anyway.
There are already a few on board, but they are all situated around the cockpit
(someone led lines aft before I came into the picture). They are two Lewmar
6 and 2 Lewmar
7 winches I think. They are situated on the coamings (6's) either side of the cockpit
and on the coach roof close to the cockpit (7's).
The reason I am considering one more (or a pair) is because as things stand I think I am ok for sailing, but if I want to use a halyard
something like my old SB-8, a dingy, or an outboard
(I did that manually and that was not even close to a good time) and the deck
mounted winches are really not so great for that I think because they rely on the deck-mounted blocks that I am also considering replacing if I could find some that handle the new lines. None of my current
winches are self-tailing either, so I am considering putting one on the mast
on one of the plates so I get use of a halyard
as a lifting assist rather than using my back. All the friction from the deck-mounted blocks seems like it would be counterproductive for heavier lifts as well.
The question I am really asking I guess, or the commentary I want to consider anyway, is whether a mast-mounted winch
is that helpful for lifting me or one of the various items (or overboard
passengers) enough that it makes sense to install it.
The holes on the plate suggest there were originally two winches there before someone led lines aft anyway, so I am thinking they pulled the ones off the mast and moved them aft.
Alternatively, if it is better to leave the other winches as they currently are (not on the mast), what size would be good to install on the mast for use in lifting things or to trim sails
at the mast should I have issues with the ones on deck
(the last time I cleaned the starboard number 6, I nearly dropped several internals over the side, and I may have even done so, I recall
most of the event, but my cognitive damage sort-of scrambled some of the memory immediately around that time (it happened just after I got the boat), and I do recall
that when I bought the boat
, the PO had several spares of most everything on board so maybe I replaced the pawl at that time). I managed to flip some of the hank rings over the bow about then too in fact. I need to work
that out but that is for another thread..
I keep seeing used winches on eBay, and am sorely tempted to purchase
a pair. I don't know that self-tailing would be worthwhile, unless I am being hoisted up and use that winch (an idea of yet another reason to make it a direct connection rather than counting on the deck mounted blocks!) but as that is partially what I am considering, I am open to suggestions on that style as well, and also again, size recommendations. I weigh in at a shade over 300 lbs (6' 2" tall), and the mast is measured by me (it is down at the moment while we finish the wiring
and corrosion removal
work) at 33 feet tall. I cannot imagine how..exciting...it would be to drop a few feet should one of those deck-mounted blocks fail mid-lift, especially if the Admiral had line in hand when it happened. I kindof like the reputation of self tailing
winches on one hand, but also have heard a few negative issues as well (likely people were misusing them).