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Old 15-06-2021, 15:40   #1
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winch replacement

After 26 years of heavy use, one of my Maxwell 25 self tailing winches has failed.

Although I am making enquires, I am not optimistic about finding replacement parts so I am looking for replacement winches as I anticipate the other winches to begin failing.

My boat is a Radford 40, cutter rigged, steel hull; I cruise in the Caribbean trade winds primarily; I also regularly do 1,000 plus mile passages so I am looking for advice on the best manual self tailing winches on the market today for this type of use.


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Old 15-06-2021, 16:34   #2
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Re: winch replacement

I have worked on pretty much all of the winches out there. Any of them will do the job. BUT>>>> If it was my boat, I’d go with Andersen. The materials, the engineering, and the manufacturing are just top notch, and the price doesn’t break the bank either.
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Old 16-06-2021, 09:56   #3
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Re: winch replacement

The down side of using different vendors is that no parts are interchangeable if needed eg you might have to swap winches rather than steal a part from another if needed
Just something to think about
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Old 16-06-2021, 16:02   #4
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Re: winch replacement

I also would use Andersons if it were my boat... wonderful winches.

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