Among our first upgrades was to replace the original hide-covered steering wheels with something fresher.
In the before picture, you can see the standard Lewmar Mini Maxi 40″ wheels with hide covers. The actual feel of the wheels wasn’t particularly bad so this upgrade was really mostly related to the aesthetics of it all. (And obviously also our subjective views on what looks great and what doesn’t. Understandably, not all would agree.)
To get the right fit, there were quite a few measurements to take, but in the end, we got it right. With great help from Carbonautica’s excellent customer service, I might add. (Thank you, Žiga!)
Here’s a short list of the details.
- The correct replacement for Lewmar’s Mini Maxi 40″ was the 1000mm wheel (list price then, 865 eur per wheel).
- As the Lewmar wheel was thicker, it used too long wheel nuts for the Carbonautica wheel, so we had to order shorter wheel nuts as well (44.94 eur per wheel nut from seashop.be).
- The original Lewmar wheel brake wasn’t compatible either (too long, wouldn’t brake the wheel even when tightened), so we ordered new custom wheel brakes from Carbonautica to fit the style (120 eur per brake).
- Finally, we are trying to (bit by bit) remove the navy-colored fabrics, so we bought two new wheel covers from Carbonautica as well (150 eur per cover).
Summing It Up
We are very happy with the look and feel of our new black GRP wheels. The total price, including shipping and VAT but excluding the installation work, was 2,763 eur (or about 1,380 eur per wheel).
Comparing to Hanse’s list prices for new yachts: if you buy these as an option for a new Hanse 548, Hanse charges 1,840 eur plus VAT for the wheels and 690 eur plus VAT for the covers. It would make sense to buy the wheels as a part of the performance package, however, and I think that is a good deal.