Maxwell winches

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  1. Tom H31

    Tom H31

    Joined Jan 11, 2004
    59 posts, 3 likes
    Hunter 31_83-87
    US Middle River, MD
    I am searching for a replacement winch for the halyard winch on my '86 H31. The winch is a Maxwell size 17, and I have searched on Google to no avail. I did find one from a place in Michigan called N&J Marine, but after three un-answered phone calls and an email, I gave up. I know Maxwell is no longer in the winch business.
    Does anyone have any suggestions. I would like to find a direct replacement, but may have to go with Lewmar or other brand.

  2. Dave Groshong

    Dave Groshong SBO Staff Staff Member

    Joined Jan 25, 2007
    1,414 posts, 122 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Seattle
    Have you tried these guys?

    We would be pleased to offer Lewmar or Harken winches, yes the mounting holes will be different. Let me know if you'd like a quote. The base diameter of your present Maxwell winch will be key.

  3. markwbird


    Joined Nov 26, 2012
    999 posts, 235 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Berkeley
    I recommend just going with something else. I replaced mine with a pair of Lewmar 40's (ebay) and never looked back. Much better. The Maxwell winches are crap. I also replaced the jib sheet winches with Lewmar 46 ST's. Much happier.

  4. jdhohmann


    Joined Mar 11, 2009
    190 posts, 5 likes
    Hunter 40
    CA Saint John
    Hey Tom
    I was looking for maxwell winch replacement parts several years ago, there is a company in Austrailia that bought all there equipment. When I contacted them, they had no spare [parts but if they gpt a big enough request theye might make the replacement parts.. Not worth the wait or aggrevation.

    Here is the link:

  5. Patrick Lombard

    Patrick Lombard

    Joined Dec 23, 2003
    268 posts, 3 likes
    Hunter H31 83-87
    US Captain's Cove Bridgeport, CT
    I replaced my Maxwells with self tailing Harken winches years ago when I couldn’t get replacement parts for the Maxwells

  6. dasreboot


    Joined Jul 23, 2018
    9 posts, 1 likes
    hunter 31
    misty us aquia
    Im replacing my cabintop winches thursday. forget the size . Ill check on thursday. interested?

  7. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,562 posts, 1,171 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    We should get organized. Next time WM has a BOGO on winches...

  8. Crazy Dave Condon

    Crazy Dave Condon

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    7,250 posts, 783 likes
    -na -NA
    US Anywhere USA

  9. Tom H31

    Tom H31

    Joined Jan 11, 2004
    59 posts, 3 likes
    Hunter 31_83-87
    US Middle River, MD
    Thanks for all the advice. I am planning to install a used Lewmar winch I bought on eBay.

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