Harken Electric Halyard Winch Installation
Hull #: 44
For all of you 380 drivers, who are lazy like me, I have installed an electric winch in place of the two speed manual winch on the starboard side of the coachroof. It was really quite easy, but it did take a couple of days to complete.
I chose the Harken electric winch because it featured 2 speeds for both manual and electrical operation. The alternative from Lewmar, the OP1, that was used on Catalina 470, was only single speed for both mechanical and electrical, and it hung vertically rather than the tidy horizontal configuration of the Harken. The Harken kit part number is BK402STEC12.
EDITOR’S note: Lewmar has since discontinued the OP1. For a review of the new Lewmar alternative, the 40EST, see Scott’s article.
You should start the installation by removing the existing Lewmar 40.