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    Posted: 06 Oct 2016 at 10:40am
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Well my initial post was very informative, so here's my real question...

We're going to replace our original Lewmar 40 genoa winches on Rampage with shiny new Lewmar ST 40 or 45's, final size to be decided when I've properly checked the coaming width.

Access to the nuts on the existing securing bolts is the issue. The nuts are glassed in and impossible to get at easily. I've loosened the bolts from the top but the whole bolt/nut assemblies are rotating so I have to get at the nuts from the underside of the cockpit coaming, but the cockpit side lockers are in the way. I would like to know how other owners have managed to get at these awkward nuts.

Any suggestions will be gratefully received.

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I gather many people cut a hole in the top of the cockpit cubby.

I'd be interested to know of an alternative though because we are idly considering replacing our winches and I hate the thought of extra holes.
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That's why I gave up and there's an ST40 sitting in the garage waiting to go back on eBay - and check the bolt spacing, I think that also contributed to giving up when I realised that I couldn't re-use the existing holes. I ended up buying "Winchers" which work surprisingly well so long as you're not racing.
I struggle to think how to cut a neat hole in the top of the side locker, there's so little access and you're then working through a hole to get to the glassed over nuts (Jeremy, we love you! and more every time we come to maintain these inaccessible places). Easiest way might be to cut the whole locker off leaving a small stub, have easy access to the underside of the winches (and adjacent stanchions) and then glass the locker back on once you've made the mods.

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I've seen a few with neat and not so neat holes so I guess its time to bite the bullet.
A previous owner did mine very neatly and I must say access is very easy.
If you want a template Brigitte you're welcome to copy mine.
It does of course leave you with a draughty hole but this can be overcome with a cubby hatch.
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Thanks Ken! We have no immediate plans but we'd definitely like a look at yours before we do anything.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Colin Pritchard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Oct 2016 at 8:50am
Thank you for the replies. I had been wondering if the best way for access is to cut the whole locker away, but people are saying a hole in the top is sufficient, can anyone confirm? Ken, can you tell me if the access hole which you have is just in the top part of the side locker or does it extend down the sides as well?
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It's in the top but I think it extends down the side a little - will let you know.

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It is just the top on mine...
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