Winch Selection

The standard winches on the Shields class are a pair of Lewmar #6's for the halyards and a pair of Lewmar #7's for the jib sheets (I won't be having a dedicated pair of winches for the spinnaker). I am trying to decide whether to replace the existing tired winches with identical new ones or upgrade.

Lewmar - Ocean Standard Winch - 6 A Single Speed Aluminum

$101.80 (Mauri Pro Sailing)





Lewmar - Ocean Standard Winch - 7 A Single Speed Aluminum

$139.00 (Mauri Pro Sailing)



So this is the low cost identical replacement option. The total cost for four winches is $481.60 with a total weight of 5.8 lbs (a real racers solution). This is a perfectly adaquate solution as it has powered the Shields class for years.

My first thought of upgrading was using these same winches but getting the bronze versions. A bit of a step up in aesthetics.

Lewmar - Ocean Standard Winch - 6 B Single Speed Bronze - $126.40 (Mauri Pro Sailing)

Lewmar - Ocean Standard Winch - 7 B Single Speed Bronze - $161.00 (Mauri Pro Sailing)

Total cost is $574.80 with a total weight of 12.2 lbs.


I also quite like the look of chrome winches. Another thought is sticking with the #6's on the halyards but upgrading to chrome and use #14 chrome self tailing winches for the jib sheets.


Lewmar - Ocean Standard Winch - 6 C Single Speed Chrome

$126.40 (Mauri Pro Sailing)





Lewmar - Ocean Self Tailing Winch - 14 CST Single Speed Chrome ST

$333.70 (Mauri Pro Sailing)



So this is an option I would be more than happy to have my newly restored Shields. The total cost of this option is $920.20 with a total weight of 15.80 lbs. Again this is mostly aesthetic although the new sheet winches are more powerful and self tailing (which I am greatly tempted to get).

Ok, last option. For some reason I am greatly drawn to Andersen winches. I have read great things about them. They are stylish and because they have smooth drums I think I might be able to pass the jib sheet around the leaward winch and trim with the windward winch. I have use this method often in my Bluenose sloop (with the old Merriman winches). It allows me to trim from the high side and, if I need more trim, grab the sheet where it crosses and the cockpit and pull and trim, no winch handles.


Andersen - #10 Stainless Steel Standard Winch

$155.99 (Defender)



Andersen - #12ST Self Tailing Stainless Steel Winch

$482.92 (Defender)





So of course my favorite option turns out to be the most expensive (I hate how it always seems to work this way). The total cost is $1,277.82 with a total weight of 18.6 lbs). So for now I will think things through a bit and see if there are any bargains to be found.