Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Even with my boats high bulwarks, I went with a Lewmar vertical capstan windlass for three reasons. The vertical rode has greater contact area with the chain gypsy, the motor unit is below the deck, so better protected and the previous burnt-out unit was vertical, so the hole and deep chain locker were already there.
I did have to enlarge the deck hole, although this was not a huge concern since the teak decking is screwed to a solid fiberglass substrate and I was able to avoid modifying the locker door. I did have to fabricate a thick teak mounting block, shaped to the windlass base. This was necessary to align the gyspy with the bow roller to conform to the mfgr's maximum recommended angle.
Lewmar supplied a cast aluminum backer plate for below deck reinforcement of the mounting bolts, a very important component with heavy ground tackle loads. After completing two years of active use, the installation has never failed us.
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