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Old 18-12-2019, 11:30   #1
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manual to electric winch conversion

has anyone tried to upgrade their manual winches to an electric one ?

mine has 40 2 speed manual hanker winch:

https://www.harken.co.uk/productdeta...286&taxid=4380

I guess the factory one from lagoon comes with this one if you choose the option electric:

https://www.harken.co.uk/productdeta...158&taxid=7268

There is a kit to convert manual winch to electric from harken which is this:

https://www.amazon.com/Harken-Radial.../dp/B07BKRW2Z2

however I'm not sure if it will fit inside under the helm, any experiences?
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Re: manual to electric winch conversion

Here's a cite - look at the bottom of the page for dimensions to fit under you helm.

https://www.harken.com/article.aspx?id=43849
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Re: manual to electric winch conversion

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Here's a cite - look at the bottom of the page for dimensions to fit under you helm.

https://www.harken.com/article.aspx?id=43849
actually I'm wondering the space dimensions under the helm. as I read from the forum it's very hard to reach and can't easily access. Once knowing that would be easy to look at this and compare
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Re: manual to electric winch conversion

I upgraded a Lewmar winch to electric.
Cost of the kit was very close to the price of the equivalent new electric winch.
I did al the work myself, so no labour costs involved.


My personal advice:
1. Buy the new/used electric winch.
2. Install electric winch.
3. Sell your old winch.
This will result in less hassle, no errors possible and this solution is most probably cheaper.
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Old 19-12-2019, 19:40   #5
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Re: manual to electric winch conversion

i converted both of the primary winches on my Gulfstar 51 to electric -- the only place to get the kits was Australia which was a real PIA to deal with but the guy was ok and it was literally the only place in the world that made parts for my winches-- cost me about $6500 total- wire alone was around $800 bucks - i had the headliner down in the aft cabin which made it super easy to get at the backside-- measure carefully as they take up more space than you think-- putting them in was fairly straight forward- running wire was hjard because of the very large guage i needed- also i added in another solenoid so operating the winch requires holding down two buttons - one speed button (hi or low) and one other to provide power to the second-- that way if a solenoid ever sticks i can still stop the winch easily by just taking my hands off the buttons. lifting the winch assembly up rom below to mate with the above deck part was a *****-- best way i found was to take two 3 foot threaded rods and pass them down the base plate and thread them into the motor assembly-- pull whole thing back up and secure it with theother bolts, take the threaded rods out and bolt those holes and you are done. Whole project took me about 4 weekends of work but i swage all my own cables etc. good luck. new winches in the size i needed would have been an easy 10k each.
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Re: manual to electric winch conversion

Take a look at Andersen winches:

https://andersenwinches.com/aw/winch..._menu_id=20483

https://andersenwinches.com/aw/winch..._menu_id=20482
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Re: manual to electric winch conversion

I did electrify a 28st Andersen few years back. Motor comes in 2 types: internal or external, choice will depend on the room inside. I could not go for the inside one. Easy job to do.
I already had the winch and its robust, otherwise I would buy a new one, fully electric.
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Re: manual to electric winch conversion

SailRite has a portable electric winch handle. I purchased one for my catamaran. They are $750.00. Runs in both directions for two speed winches. Portable too.
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