Converting winches to self-tailing
My latest boat has two Barient 26 and two Barient 22 sheet winches. All four are two-speed but they are 'standard'. At present they are removed and, after removing all the accumulated crud while servicing them, I realised that the gearing and the bearings are still in an excellent condition with no signs of wear. I understand that it is possible to convert them to self-tailing. I am tempted because replacement would be quite expensive; I believe that the equivalent to the Barient 26 would be a 40 or 44 in modern terms . Has anybody here taken that path?
As always, very grateful for any opinions / experiences / good or bad.
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