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S&S Swan General - Refit 38/029
27 September 2020 - 11:15
Join Date: 15 June 2008
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Refit 38/029


Coming winter I'm going to do a refit of 38/029. Has anyone advice on the replacement of the main genoa winches Lewmar 55/3speed for electrical winches? What winch model can use the same drilling holes?

Has anyone changed the mainsheeting winch for a 6:1 sheeting blocks without winch?


Rene van den Dorpel


27 September 2020 - 11:41
Join Date: 29 January 2007
Posts: 1018

Dear Rene,

if you ask Lewmer they should be able to send you template of the holes, I am not sure the new ones have the same of the old ones.

If you want to go electric an option of course is the Andersen, stainless steel, very good quality winch with the external motor, a very brushless and powerful motor, and aesthetically it matches very well with the old Lewmar.

If you ask Andersen don't forget to mention you are a Member os the S&S Swan Association, as you are entitled to a special discount and service.

Fair winds!

matteo (47/069 Vanessa)

27 September 2020 - 13:46
Join Date: 02 January 2008
Posts: 1547

Dear Rene

Referring to your question about a main sheet tackle, pls note that the approx main sheet load for cruising is up to 300 kg, and for racing two times that.
Kind regards

14 October 2020 - 16:05
Join Date: 27 February 2007
Posts: 31

We have replaced the mainsheet system to a 6 to 1 system by Harken.

Per their website:

6:1 Reeved Right Angle

Boats with mainsails up to 35 m² (375 ft²) often use a 6:1 system.

The big boat blocks have a max workload up to 3,800 lbs.

We do not race our boat, but were very happy with the change. No more winch in the cockpit for my shins to bang on makes it much more pleasant. Would do it again.


s/v Inspiration



03 November 2020 - 22:44
Join Date: 04 February 2014
Posts: 20

Here is the mainsheet arrangement on skylark. A 6:1 with an additional 4:1 tweaker giving 24:1 (i think) very useful and highly reccomended. The main tail is tied up and hanging from the boom just to keep it out of the way but you get the idea. The main sheet is 10mm and about 20m long and the 5mm tweaker is about 5m long.

04 November 2020 - 14:14
Join Date: 01 September 2007
Posts: 16

Hi Rene,

we changed our genoa winsches 10 years ago for ANDERSEN-52“ ST-FS. A good decission! I think it´s not really rellevant to get a new winch with same drilling holes. It´s very simple to drill new thread holes into the coaming. There is a 10 mm aluminium plate.

Kind regards


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