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Thanks for the comment! I agree that there are probably better windlasses out there for larger boats. For my 45 pound CQR on my 32 foot boat, it works fine though. The only drawback is the slow speed.Reply
The problem with the winches is that the Nylon bushes swell and tighten on the gears and shafts journal’s working much like a brake becoming increasingly more difficult to operate through time. I have just stripped mine reamed out the bushes and reassembled, the winch came with the yacht which was made in 1988 so can’t complaign much, it the bushes tighten again I might make bronze ones or go electric. note Nylon bearings on rudders suffer the same problem.Reply
Thank you, this has been so helpful and gave me the courage to take mine apart.Reply
hi.ive bought the same windlass.the gypsy is on the wrong side to my hawse pipe,do you now if i can change it to the other side.Reply
not sure if this would work. Maybe check with the manufacturer if this is possible…
could I ask for the dimensions for the handle? My 28ft sailboat has the lofrans royal but not the handle/lever.Reply
Sure! My handle is a pipe that is 60 cm long and has an outside diameter of about 2.1 cm and an inside diameter of about 1.8 cm.Reply
Well done. I have the same windlass on my Island Packet 27 Auxiliary Cutter. When it worked, it was a back saver. However, over time, it has become more difficult to use. I think I will need to disassemble my windlass as you have done. I find it not very efficient that the windlass must be completely taken apart to facilitate greasing/lubrication.
ALSO the mechanical advantage is quite low, 440lbs or so. This makes it not very efficient while retrieving a chain rode and anchor in strong winds for a solo sailor. Also chain retrieval speed is quite slow, making anchor retrieval in crowded anchorage a bit anxious.
Still, it gets the job done.Reply
Thanks for this blog topic. Well done!
Cheers Mel IP 27 80 currently in Mexico.