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Old 11-01-2022, 13:19   #1
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Lewmar electric convert: is 2-manual/1-electric strong enough?

It has taken a remarkable amount of time to discover that the electric conversion kit for a Two-Speed (#40) EVO winch IS NOT A TWO SPEED CONVERSION. That fact seems well hidden.

(true also for the factory "two Speed Electric". Its not really two speed and they disguise that ! !

The #40 kit has ONLY ONE SPEED. So they say it "gives you two-speed-manual and one-speed-electric".

QUESTION: Does that single speed electric run in the high speed mode or the low speed (power) mode?

I am doing this conversion because I need more power to lift a heavy mainsail rig. I am afraid that if the electric runs only at high speed, it won't have enough power.

It appears that the Harken winch has TRUE TWO-SPEED capability. Hence it has two switches - one slow, one high speed.

Should I ditch the lewmar and buy a new Harken winch so I actually get two speed electric ? ?

Feeling deceived.
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Old 21-01-2022, 04:47   #2
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Re: Lewmar electric convert: is 2-manual/1-electric strong enough?

I vote ditch the Lewmar and go Harken or Lewmar Ocean. The EVO electric winches have a plastic top cap versus the the Lewmar Ocean winches which have a stainless top. 2 of our winches were replaced in Sept with Lewmar 65 EVO electric and the first time used the plastic top popped off and broke. Our line was 16mm which was the largest allowed but it is still one that can be used. We have been waiting since November for the replacement caps from Lewmar which are now backordered. We have one Lewmar Ocean 55 with the stainless top which has lasted 20 years.
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