Lewmar Anchor Winch (Chain size confirmation) on 2006 Trailcraft 660 Trailblazer

Hi Fish Wrecked members,


Wondering if anyone is running a Lewmar Anchor Winch fitted by Saltwater marine at the time of boat purchase?

I have a 2006 Trailcraft 660 Trailblazer with the Lewmar unit fitted, although the spec plate on the unit is faded/rusted & unable to read the details / Winch Manual pages through the 10 years have stuck together & also unable to read,


Does anyone with the the same winch unit (2006 fitted) have details on the Chain Link size suitable for this unit?


I may also need to replace the gypsy on the unit, which i believe can be bought online, although want to make sure we purchase the right chain size so far,

my feeling is the unit will handle 6-8mm short link chain - can someone confirm?




wez0062's picture

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anchor winch

Fri, 2018-02-02 11:07

 I brought similar size boat & winch from Saltwater marine, in 2013, dont have the boat anymore. Parts ordered online always were delivered thru the boat parts supply shop at South Perth Yacth club. They are/were  the dealer/supplier for the Lewmar winch back then. Maybe give them a call




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Likely to be 6mm short link

Fri, 2018-02-02 11:23

 Although I have heard issues with some American winches in Australia, in that they needed 1/4" short link, and 6mm didn't work well?  Do you have any of the old chain still with it? just get calipers and measure overall length and link diameter.

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Is this the winch you

Fri, 2018-02-02 11:41

Is this the winch you have?


I have this installed on my reef runner and it takes a 6mm short link chain. It operates perfectly on chain but I have some issue with my installation as i don't have a suitable drop for the rope and it bunches up with anything more that 30meters unless someone is there to clear the rope away.

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thanks All

Fri, 2018-02-02 12:03

Darren253 - mine is a vhorizontal unit, but yes can also catch on the underside of the gypsy if the rope is coiled and kinked in the anchor well,


Ranmar850 - yes, i think 6mm is the go, unfortunately original anchor & chain that came with the unit is sitting out in the sound, need to grow a pair and dive on it, although 25+m of water not too favourable,


wez0062 - will make a phone call to South Perth Yacht club to see what i can find out, was going to duck past Yacht Grot today to have a chat also,


i checked with Saltwater and apparently can also take 8mm shortlink, i'll need to replace the gypsy though.


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Sat, 2018-02-03 16:57

 I have an american import that came with 60 meters of 6mm chain. Took 40 meters off so have plenty spare if you want some. In landsdale

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would be awesome

Mon, 2018-02-05 12:24

mate i'd take it off ya hands if looking to offload, even 20meters of the 6mm would suit me,



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Sun, 2018-02-04 05:13

the lewmars (profish series I think mine is) can be fitted with different size gypsy. I have a different boat but it was supplied with an 8mm gypsy.

i had 6mm chain so swapped gypsy out ( I have a spare 8mm gypsy somewhere). Not sure how you check it. I think the gypsy had some writing on it. 

I'll see if I can dig out the old gypsy and seee where the size is written.

on another note. When I had problems with my winch the national rep couldn't have been more helpful. 

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Sun, 2018-02-04 07:55

There is nothign written on the gypsy, however the 8mmm is small diameter than the 6mm.

If it helps, i can measure it.

I have the profish 1000, but it uses the same gypsy as the 700.