Cruisers Forum

  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on Cruisers Forums. Advertise Here
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 05-12-2018, 05:00   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Boat: Columbia, 8.3 and 8.7 (1977)
Posts: 204
Electric Primary Lewmar 46 winches

Hello. I am looking to purchase a 37' tartan that has 2 Electric Primary Lewmar 46 winches. Is anyone familiar with these as far as effectiveness and reliability. I have never used electric winches and I'm a little wary of them through my ignorance. Thanks
weephee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2018, 11:32   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Ventura,CA
Boat: 1979 Acapulco 40
Posts: 74
Re: Electric Primary Lewmar 46 winches

I can’t give you first hand experience but I have always had great faith in Lewmar products. I am 61 and outfitting my Acapulco 4o for world cruising. I have considered powered winch is but they are just too expensive. I would just make sure that they will operate manually if the electrics go out, cheers
Glassdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2018, 13:44   #3
Registered User
CaptNemoO2's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Long Island
Boat: Beneteau Oceanis 510
Posts: 191
Re: Electric Primary Lewmar 46 winches

I have two electric Lewmar 66 winches that came with the boat, and this spring I put in two Lewmar Evo 45 winches. Mechanically, the smaller winches are the same as the manual ones where the important bits are. I think any Lewmar electric winch that's bigger than 65 have a button to disconnect the motor from the winch when a handle is inserted. The motors are just standard dc motors with a gearbox. Any alternator/ motor guy can fix the motor if they go bad. Not sure about the gearbox, but it's a simple worm gear reduction. The simplest setups have just a thermal switch to protect the motor. There's an option for load sensing, which measures current to switch the motor off when it hits a certain amp setting to prevent overloading. The larger winches are two speed, that reverse the motor to get better gear reduction, hence the need for the disconnect. Maintenance is the same as the manual winches. Overall, I love having them. I essentially run my boat solo since my crew, even though sailing with me for years, have yet to learn to even drive the boat straight while under power. Having the winches makes my life much easier.

Edit: Watch the tail! It's very easy to forget to pay attention and not watch as the tailing gets sucked in causing an override, one that is really tight. I almost had to cut my jib sheet when a crew member wasn't paying attention. We were close hauled and in a narrow inlet, luckily going against the current so I had time to clear the jam.
CaptNemoO2 is offline   Reply With Quote

electric, winch, lewmar

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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
For Sale: HARKEN BIG BOAT DECK GEAR + LEWMAR OCEAN HATCHES + LEWMAR WINCHES mattyc General Classifieds (no boats) 13 29-01-2021 09:25
For Sale: For sale Pair Lewmar ST52 electric winches Lojanica Classifieds Archive 3 09-08-2015 08:37
For Sale: 3 Lewmar wire winches and one Lewmar #8 rope winch sailor2010 Classifieds Archive 0 08-06-2014 09:36
Go Primary / Go Up One Primary GordMay Marine Electronics 14 02-08-2011 12:50

Advertise Here

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 13:19.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.