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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote S&J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2022 at 13:24
I added electric motor to the starboard winch of my 458 last year.  The electrical work was straightforward but getting the motor to mount onto the winch was all but impossible.  We managed eventually but in my case the access was through the shallow cockpit locker.  The problem was the weight of the motor which took one hand and the awkward contortions required to get to the mounting bolts.
It may be on other boats access would be easier.  Certainly on my single aft cabin  385 access from the deep starboard cockpit locker would be much easier.
Take a good look at the access you have for mounting the motor.  It I was to do this again I would probably cut an access panel from the locker to the cabin.  The cabin has a screwed on liner and there is a template for cutting the (large) access hole so I'm sure this is what was intended.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ratbasher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 May 2022 at 18:18
I agree with Paul about getting an ewincher.  I got concerned about the amount of power being taken out of the battery every time we used our (one) electric winch that I got an Ewincher at the start of last season.  One of the best investments ever; the missus can now handle all the sheets effortlessly from any winch, with a single charge lasting a few days.   The spinnaker sheets are handled in record time and it's made getting someone up the mast so easy.  Much cheaper than an electric conversion kit but also most importantly, the ewincher provides feedback on the load just like a manual, removing the potential for damage.
H400 (2008) 'Wight Leopard' cruising UK and Irish waters this year.



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I took a large diameter threaded rod thru the deck fitting and motor. This way i could turn the nut a bit to move the motor and then rest. This made the motor installment go from impossible to quite easy. After the motor was installed I installed the winch.
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