Hey all. My DH is just about done restoring a 1966 Alberg 30
, and we are both pleasantly surprised by her sailing performance. Also I have to admit that as compared to my own Contessa 32 (1981), the amount of stowage space in the Alberg's hull
with its taut bilges is remarkable. I am envious. The interior
is luxurious compared to my Spartan British ocean racer
(hey, discomfort and inconvenience build character!).
But I digress. The purpose of my post was to find out, if I can, what brand of winch
was installed on the mid-60's Albergs. They are bronze
and use a flat-bar winch
handle. I don't think they are W/C. We are hunting for spare winch handles (there is only one of each size on the boat
now) and having quite a time finding the larger (14 inch long) handle.
The handles are solid bronze
flat bar with a slight bend, and a rather nice locking mechanism about halfway down their length (a hinged lever that engages with the slot in the winch, but is easily released by pressure on the underside of the handle). We have fabricated a "desperation spare" out of aluminium flatbar, but of course it has no locking mechanism; would really like to find one more handle of each size. The 11inch handles seem easier to find, the 14's so far seem frustratingly rare.
There are quite a few W/C handles (Wilcox Crittenden that is) around on Ebay and so forth, but they are quite different in appearance with a slotted end, and I don't know whether they would work
at all in these winches.
So if anyone knows what brand of winch was installed on those early Albergs, I'd really like to find that out. I suppose in the long run we'll have to replace those vintage winches, but they are still working great and are rather attractive, appropriate to the boat's age and character.