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Short arm winch handle source?

I need a 6” winch handle. All I see available are 8 and 10 inch handles. It’s for my windlass. 8” will not completely clear the bow pulpit leg.
Any suggestions? Have an electric problem with the windlass, most likely the relay box, and have to do it by hand.

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Re: Short arm winch handle source?

buy a cheap SS 10" like a White Water brand handle cut it and reweld. cost about $45 and what ever the welding cost. I have made a few over the years.
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Re: Short arm winch handle source?

It is difficult to use a winch handle to raise anchor, not due to the weight of the anchor but due to the resistance from gears. A short handle and a shorter than usual one will probably will not work.
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I need a 6” winch handle. All I see available are 8 and 10 inch handles. It’s for my windlass. 8” will not completely clear the bow pulpit leg.
Any suggestions? Have an electric problem with the windlass, most likely the relay box, and have to do it by hand.
Perhaps a Milwaukee with a winch bit is your best solution... spendy for sure.. but the drill has two speeds and you'll have a quasi electric windlass with no pulpit issues... in fact the pulpit may act as a "stop/brace and allow you to use one hand (finger) to operate the drill.
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And you can use the Millie to raise the main or send someone aloft.... or drill a big hole!

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Re: Short arm winch handle source?

Thank you for the suggestions. I have been thinking about getting a drill with a winch bit but the price is a big factor. I kind of overspent already 😕

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Re: Short arm winch handle source?

Jury rig a winch bit to a either a 1/2" or 3/4" ratchet and use a cheater bar.
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Re: Short arm winch handle source?

see if you can find a square aluminum rod to fit your windlass. Cut it long enough so you can attach a lever arm which is above / does not interfere with the pulpit. You can make the arm from the the remainder of the rod and bolt it to the "tall shaft" .. you can make a handle and they all can be attached with bolts and thumb turn nuts... and "fold flat" for stowing.... You're making a very tall fold up winch handle!
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It is difficult to use a winch handle to raise anchor, not due to the weight of the anchor but due to the resistance from gears. A short handle and a shorter than usual one will probably will not work.
I struggled with an 8” winch handle for my single line reefing setup because of interference with the dodger. The drag on the reefing lines and also the halyard because of the extra hardware made the short winch handle less than adequate. I eventually went for a Winchrite electric winch handle and-despite the price—consider it worth it. More expensive than the Milwaukee solution but it is designed for the winch application and is well-executed. Got mine on sale at Defender a couple of years ago.
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......I eventually went for a Winchrite electric winch handle ....
I’ve seen those at boat shows for years, but always scratched my head over what advantage they could have over a cordless right angle drill and winch bit. The best cordless might be $500 and is multi-functional for other things too. One could go cheaper. The winchrite is $750.

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