Category: Boats & Gear
Created: Tuesday, 12 January 2010 00:00
Written by Charles Doane
One of the things I did before sailing Lunacy down to the W'Indies for the winter was service all the winches onboard. I had been putting this off for years, but when the primaries in the cockpit started screaming at me whenever I trimmed the jib late last summer, I figured the time had come. I am not normally intimidated by winches. But in this case I was a bit, because Lunacy carries three different types, two of which seemed potentially troublesome.
Here you can see all three species lined up in a row in the cockpit. The winch on the right, a two-speed Andersen, is fairly common these days. The one in the middle is an antique three-speed Lewmar I think dates back to the early 1970s. Perversely, though they are the most powerful winches onboard, I use my two big Lewmars as secondaries to trim my staysail and sometimes the asymmetric spinnaker, primarily because they are not self-tailing. I think of them as my "kedging" winches, though I've never had to use them as such. They are so antique that conventional winch handles don't fit them. As you can see I do have one antique Lewmar handle that does fit them, and I live in constant fear of losing it. The winch on the left is an Enkes winch, manufactured in Holland, which I had never heard of before buying Lunacy. In addition to this one mainsheet winch you see here, there are three other Enkes winches forward on the mast for handling halyards and reefing lines.
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