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Keny View Drop Down
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    Posted: 31 Oct 2016 at 10:05am
Managed to get image above. The hole is about 14cm x 7cm and about 2.5 cm from the inside combing.
From memory I think I used a crows foot spanner/socket to tighten the winch nuts.
Note that the top of the locker isn't glassed in - is yours?

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I've successfully removed both winches now. I cut a hole approximately 150 mm long and across the top of the side locker (the top of the locker wasn't glassed in to the coaming) and extended down the outboard face of the locker about 50 mm. This hole allowed reasonable access to all the winch bolts, but a mirror lying in the bottom of the side locker helped me see what I was doing. The hole edges were tidied up and sanded smooth to remove rough glass. I wore thin gardening gloves while doing all the cutting and hacking to stop glass strands from irritating my skin.

I had used an impact driver gently on the screws from above which loosened some of them, but this didn't work on all because some of the glassed in nuts stubbornly turned within the fibreglass. Using a chisel I cut away the fibreglass from around the offending nuts, which could then be held with a spanner while turning the screw from above using a large screwdriver bit.

The winch body was then removed easily and the nuts still left glassed in were drilled out from above. From start to finish each winch took just under 3 hours to remove and I didn't have to do any work from inside the main cockpit locker or the quarter berth. I will epoxy the old fixing holes and then fit the new winch, which is going to be a Lewmar 45ST, the coaming is wide enough to take it. I'm going to get a local metal worker to make me 2 covers of thin stainless steel plate, folded to suit the profile of the locker top/side which will be screwed in place to cover the access holes and give a proper wearproof seal.

I hope this helps anyone else who is thinking of doing this job.

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