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07-26-2013 06:43 PM
jwir3
Re: Keel winch woes. Is this one good?

sealover,

Did you have to remove the keel to do this? I have a V17, and I'd like to replace the keel winch with the one you purchased (I actually live less than a mile from the Northern Tool and Equipment world headquarters). The only issue is, I'd like to do this without removing the boat from my trailer, as I intend for this to be a first step in troubleshooting other issues. If it doesn't work, I'm planning on getting someone to lift the boat onto a drydock so I can inspect the keel, but I'd rather not do this unless absolutely necessary...

Do you know if this is possible?
06-11-2012 06:47 AM
sealover
Re: Keel winch woes. Is this one good?

I believe I had to reload it. I don't remember if I used the cable from my first winch or if I bought new. Early on in my sailboat ownership experience I bought a swaging tool from Lowe's and it has proved valuable. If I made new I would have swaged a thimble onto the end that bolts to the keel. The end that stays on the winch connects like they all seem to --

If your cable is still good you shouldn't have any trouble reusing it. (But inspect it carefully!)
06-11-2012 01:03 AM
JMN412
Re: Keel winch woes. Is this one good?

Right, I guess I could have phrased that better. Does the winch come with the cable pre-loaded on it already? or did you have to buy that separately?
06-10-2012 10:37 PM
sealover
Re: Keel winch woes. Is this one good?

The Dutton-Laison brake winch.
06-10-2012 10:00 PM
JMN412
Re: Keel winch woes. Is this one good?

What is your winch cable set up?
06-08-2012 06:19 AM
sealover
Re: Keel winch woes. Is this one good?

800# is plenty. I think 800 lbs is close to the displacement of the entire boat. The "ballast" spec is much less. And at no point (unless the keel bolt breaks) is the winch supporting the entire weight. I'm no weight lifter, and its not hard for me to crank.
06-08-2012 12:35 AM
JMN412
Re: Keel winch woes. Is this one good?

Glad to hear it! And the 800 pound capacity is enough? Also what type of winch cable did you use?
06-08-2012 12:15 AM
sealover
Re: Keel winch woes. Is this one good?

The Dutton Laison brake winch is still working great. Quality American made product. I ordered it from Northern Tool. Probably used a coupon code.


It is an ideal setup. Crank up, crank down. No silly ratchets and no freewheeling.
06-07-2012 09:31 PM
JMN412
Re: Keel winch woes. Is this one good?

The only issue with the worm winch is the price. If the 57 dollar one works the is a three hundred dollar one necessary?
06-07-2012 09:22 PM
Lake Superior Sailor
Re: Keel winch woes. Is this one good?

I would look into a worm winch instead. then up or down no locking pawl!.. Dale
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