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03-19-2014 02:57 AM
Stumble
Re: Wire Halyard Winches

There are plenty of captive reel winches on the market if you want to use them. They tend to start being found on boats over 80' because of the cost and complexity, but they are available.
03-19-2014 02:44 AM
capta
Re: Wire Halyard Winches

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Originally Posted by white74 View Post
when I change out mine for cabin top I have a barlow like that to sell
Thanks, but I will stick with the Merrimans if I can find them. Never had a problem when I had them on boats in the 60's. Completely different brake system; less likely to fail.
03-19-2014 02:43 AM
desert rat
Re: Wire Halyard Winches

If they can handel the load those dinosaurs might make very good anchor winches???
03-19-2014 01:53 AM
white74
Re: Wire Halyard Winches

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Originally Posted by capta View Post
I think it's time to bring back the old wire halyard winches, with possibly a few modern improvements.
I am sick of having huge coils of line, on all three winches on the main mast, that only get used a couple of times a year. With the roller furling, wire winches would be the ideal solution, because you aren't using the winch that often and they might even work with the new line folks are replacing wire halyards with.
so if anyone has a pair of Merriman wire winches for a 50' boat, I'd certainly take them off your hands and put them to good use.
when I change out mine for cabin top I have a barlow like that to sell
03-19-2014 01:29 AM
capta
Re: Wire Halyard Winches

I think it's time to bring back the old wire halyard winches, with possibly a few modern improvements.
I am sick of having huge coils of line, on all three winches on the main mast, that only get used a couple of times a year. With the roller furling, wire winches would be the ideal solution, because you aren't using the winch that often and they might even work with the new line folks are replacing wire halyards with.
so if anyone has a pair of Merriman wire winches for a 50' boat, I'd certainly take them off your hands and put them to good use.
03-18-2014 11:55 PM
tdw
Re: Wire Halyard Winches

As it turned out the sale fell through. Even at giveaway prices there was too much to do on that boat and way too much money to be spent. We moved on.
03-18-2014 10:58 PM
Barquito
Re: Wire Halyard Winches

Me guess old Womboat has new winches, and new Womboat purchased since this was posted 6 years ago. However, I do like the idea of maintaining old equipment that functions perfectly well. Not sure if this is in that category.
03-18-2014 10:00 PM
white74
Re: Wire Halyard Winches

I have the same for my main and when they are opened up they use a band brake and pawls so they can be raised when the brake is on check your braking inside the base to see if its dirty they don't like crud and will slip when greasing be very carefull not to put excess grease on
04-20-2008 11:41 PM
tdw More like stone age. Might be a plan Simon although Raven has self tailing halyard winches and I must say I quite like them. Also, we are contemplating putting larger self tailers for the sheets onto Erringhi and if we do then we'll put the old sheet winches onto the mast. Doubt anything will have happened by the time you get back so let's keep it in mind.

Hartley, not a bad idea actually. Have to give that a whirl. thanks.
04-20-2008 10:53 PM
sailingdog My guess is the handle on the side adjust the tension on a brake band or something similar... and either the band is slipping, from dirt, grease, etc.. or the band is broken. Opening up the beast will tell you either way, and it might be a relatively simple fix—like cleaning and adjusting the inner bits...
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