Lewmar

Steering Systems. Anchoring Systems.
Winches. Hatches. Hardware. Portlights.
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Since 1946, Lewmar has dedicated itself to making spending time on the water as easy and stress-free as possible; designing and manufacturing innovative and reliable products of the highest quality.

With a portfolio of hardware, winches, hydraulics, windlasses, anchors, thrusters, steering systems, hatches and portlights to suit every boat from the smallest day fisher to largest mega-yacht, Lewmar can supply a complete solution whatever your project and requirements. With Lewmar, we put you in control. Steering Systems. Anchoring Systems. Winches. Hatches. Hardware. Portlights. Bow Thrusters. In each of our product categories, Lewmar empowers boaters with a greater sense of control.Control is the common bond that unites all Lewmar equipment. And it is also the most important operating principle of how we do business.

A company name that's also a standard

The Lewmar name is known and respected by boat builders and yacht owners the world over. Lewmar design, craftsmanship, reliability,innovation and commitment to supporting the marine industry have made our name synonymous with consistent quality and global market leadership. These are the values our company is built on. And that's why Lewmar is the most recognised name in control-focused boating equipment.

From dinghy fittings to global market leadership.

When Len Lewery started making Tufnol dinghy fittings back in 1946, not even his inventive mind could have foreseen how his small business would develop to become one of the leading marine equipment manufacturers in the world.The name Lewmar dates from 1950 when Lewery joined forces with Leslie Marsh, a local plant hire operator to develop and manufacture dinghy fittings. The company set up in part of Marsh's plant-hire shop in Emsworth. It was here Lewery invented the revolutionary Novex blocks in the early 1950's, a Tufnol fitting which took the load out of sheets by automatically locking the block's sheaves.

Aircraft technology enters winch technology.

In 1959 Marsh sold out his share of the company to Henry Shepherd, whose firm made helicopter gearboxes for Westland. It was his finances and specialist knowledge of the latest lightweight aircraft materials technology that proved invaluable in winch gearbox design, which allowed the company to move up-market into the big-boat league at the start of the great sailing boom experienced during the late 50's.

Then, in 1967, John Burton, a keen yachtsman, acquired Lewmar and embarked on a 20-year career, turning the company into a world leader in modern yacht equipment. Burton's determination to dominate the winch market led him to focus on three factors. First, he brought in John Huggett from one of the best machine tool designers in the country. Secondly, having secured a foothold in the mass boat building market, he attacked the high technology world of America's Cup racing which was coincidentally coming to the boil. Finally, he retooled the shop floor by introducing robotic machining techniques.