Re: Mainsail drive replacement.


Hi Ian

When we did the gear boxes we just did the brushes

However both the I mast furler and Genoa curlers died. The latter full of water the former was a short in the armature 

Bugger!  So I have just had both motors rebuilt.  (We are heading in to the pacific early June)

The guy who dealt to the motors said he could build two new ones if I wanted but someone in the Amel group when I asked if anyone new a source for the motors response that I should just rebuild cause that’s what they I followed that advice. I now have two completely rebuilt motors at  cost of $1100 NZ or about us$750



On 23/03/2019, at 1:35 PM, Ian Townsend <smlocalola@...> wrote:

John, did you use your existing electric motor? Or did you get a new one? If new, what was it ie. manufacturer and model? 


Ian & Margaret
S/V Loca Lola II 
Exumas, Bahamas

On Mar 22, 2019, at 4:24 PM, JOHN HAYES <johnhayes862@...> wrote:

Morning Ian

Below are the details of what I put in to my Santorin 

The same gearbox goes in the mast and on the boom out haul

We had a second issue recently but found the aluminium peg that links the in mast foil to the gearbox had snapped so had a new one made by a local engineer from a hi tensile aluminium 

The gear boxes have worked fine and were sourced from bonfigilioli in Auckland 


John Hayes 
NGA Waka 
New Zealand 

From: Karl Paterson <karl.paterson@...>
Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2016 at 10:07 AM
To: JOHN HAYES <johnhayes862@...>
Subject: RE: Mainsail drive replacement.

Hi John,


We can offer the following gearbox to suit.


1 x VF44P 70:1 P63 B14 B3                             $325.90 net + GST.

This is usually supplied as a raw aluminium finish however we can paint it using a two pot epoxy if you’d like. Allow an extra $45 + GST for this and 1 – 2 days for the paint to fully cure.  

Parts available ex stock NZ.  


For the DC motor, we’d need to know power, voltage and speed in order to offer a replacement.


Prices exclude GST and freight.


Please see attached dimensional info for reference.


Kind regards





From: JOHN HAYES [mailto:johnhayes862@...]
Sent: Tuesday, 22 November 2016 8:05 p.m.
To: Karl Paterson
Subject: Re: Mainsail drive replacement.




Photos are attached. 4.jpg has the best picture of the gear box.


Let me know if you need more


The part number came from a fellow in Europe who has the same gearbox on his boat and he says he got a gear box with that part number from the UK






From: Karl Paterson <karl.paterson@...>
Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2016 at 4:14 PM
To: JOHN HAYES <johnhayes862@...>
Subject: Mainsail drive replacement.


Hi John,


Thanks for your enquiry regarding a replacement Bonfiglioli worm drive. If you can please provide photos of the gearbox as well as any motor details available I’ll have a look into what we can offer.


Kind regards


Karl Paterson | PT Application Engineer

88 Hastie Ave, Mangere Bridge,

PO Box 22 256, Otahuhu, Auckland, NZ
 09 622 8918  fax. 09 633 0074

mob. 029 294 0435




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