hello david. thanks for your habitual prompt reply. i too think that the stainless construction tilts the choice towards the lewmar. i ordered it this morning. my main problem now is the stem roller. it is going to be difficult, at least for me, to install it with the stem fitting currently on the boat. en experienced boat builder will look at it in the next few days to see if he can give me some ideas. i will certainly keep you informed about how the project is proceeding.
meanwhile, let me wish you a happy vernal solstice, with fair winds and calm seas, even if the wishes will arrive a couple of days too late.