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post #8 of Old 07-13-2005
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Why spend thousands for electric winches?

I have to let my mast down to go to sea and adapted the working end of a fish boat geared 12 volt motor to fit in my winch. I attached a two foot stick to the motor which I put my knee against, plug it in, hold tension on the line and up the mast comes, I have also used it to pull up my main anchor. At 73 I got tired of pulling up the mast with a winch handle, it seemed to take a long time and I had to tail it myself most of the time since I do a lot of single handing.
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