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Which Service Kit for my Andersen Winch? answer the question

by Phil Anniss 12 Aug 09:00 BST
Which Service Kit for my Andersen Winch? © Andersen Winches

Andersen sailing winches have a strong record for service and support. However, after 60 years of product evolution, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of which of their service kits is required for each of the winch models.

In this article we provide a comprehensive quick reference guide on identifying the correct spare parts for your Andersen winches.

Service Kit Range

Andersen service kits are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4..... etc and there are approximately 30 different kits. They contain the crucial spare parts for regular maintenance, which is generally replacement pawls & springs, bearings, circlips and essential screws. However, the parts in each kit are specific to each type/size of winch and also vary depending on the age of the winch. Some sizes of Andersens winches have been remodelled 2-4 times and each version can require a different service kit. Therefore it is important to know which Andersen winch you have!

Identifying your winch

Before buying any spare parts or service kits it is essential that you know the size/model, year of manufacture and version number. The winch size is clearly visible and stamped on the top of the winch e.g. 46 is size 46. Then it is important to know if you have either a Self-tailing or a Classic winch: If your size 46 winch has a self tailing arm, Andersen refers to this as a 46ST and all plain-top winches are referred to as the Classic range.

Self-Tailing Winch

Classic (Plain-Top) Winch

Andersen have consistently stamped the serial number information on the top side of the deck flange, between the mounting bolt holes, which is clearly visible when you lift off the polished stainless drum (N.B. on very old winches, a similar stamp was placed on the bottom side of the flange).

The format is always the same for serial numbers: Year, Month and version number (YY-MM-Vxx). For the Electric and Hydraulic motor units a serial number starting with "PS" is stamped on the top flange of the gearbox housing.

Service Kits for Andersen Stainless Self-tailing Winch

The table below shows a full list of all Andersen's stainless self-tailing winches (both past and present models) and the correct winch service kit for each model.

Winch sizeYear / VersionService Kit No.
12ST11/2005 and earlier1
12STCurrent Model18
18STCurrent Model18
28ST11/2005 and earlier1
28STCurrent Model18
34STCurrent Model18
40STCurrent Model1
46STYears 1982‑19932
46STYears 1993 - 199611
46ST1997 up to 07/200617
46STCurrent Model19
48STDiscontinued Model19
50STCurrent Model19
52ST08/2009 and earlier8
52STCurrent Model21
56STDiscontinued Model3
58STCurrent Model12
62STCurrent Model12
66STDiscontinued Model3
68STCurrent Model13
72STCurrent Model13
78STDiscontinued Model7
82.3STCurrent Model40
110STCurrent Model9

Service Kits for Andersen Classic Winch Range

The table below shows a full list of all Andersen's Classic winches (both past and present models) and the correct winch service kit for each model.

Classic Winch SizeCurrent / DiscontinuedService Kit No.
6Discontinued Model6
10Current Model4/6
16Discontinued Model4/6
18Current Model4/6
28Current Model4/6
40Current Model4/6
46Current Model4/6
56Discontinued Model5
90Discontinued Model14
91Current Model14
92Discontinued Model14
100Discontinued Model15
101Current Model15
102Current Model15

In the above table, Service Kit 4 is the full service kit for these winches, which includes replacement pawls & springs plus circlips. However, Service 6 can be used for intermediate services to replace springs and circlips - it just does not include replacement pawls.


Properly maintained, there is no reason your Andersen winches cannot last the life of your boat. Andersen recommend inspection, cleaning and greasing of all moving parts every two years, under "normal" recreational use, or annually for heavier use e.g. racing, chartering or blue water cruising.

If you have any questions about servicing your Andersen winches you can contact us at or you can buy your Andersen Service Kits online by following the link below:

Andersen Service Kits

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