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Join Date: Oct 2006
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We've got a WP5000. 20 years old. It's always worked quite nicely , holds it's course pretty well, no major esses BUT, the belt constantly slips on the wheel. Absolute pain in the arse and nothing I do seems to fix it. It's not simply tension, oh no that would be too easy wouldn't it ? It appears to be that the wheel itself has simply worn smooth. I've had absolutely no luck in finding a replacement.
Boat builder I was talking to said to scrap it and get an underdeck model. His opinion being that today the new underdeck models far outperform the old underdeck while he considered the above deck models to be not much better than junk.
If we do have to replace the WP5000 I'd definitely go underdeck but given that the WP has given 20 years service I'm not all that unhappy with it.
Having to disconnect the thing and pack it away below deck after use is the biggest drawback.
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
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