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Help! Trying to identify Goiot windlass

Hello,

I was given a Goiot manual windlass. I have a powerboat windlass on the deck of my boat right now, but I would much rather have a proper manual windlass, and be able to haul out the battery and cabling that's up there.

It seems to be in pretty good shape, the action all appears to work.

Problem is, I have no idea what model of Goiot windlass it is. I can see no markings, and I had trouble even recognizing that the symbols/pictograms on the side actually were letters spelling out GOIOT.

I've sent an email to Goiot, but thought I would also post here in case they're not too keen to help someone with a 30+ year old product.

I would like to find some kind of service manual, and I'm also curious if the chain wildcat (anchor roller thingy... I only learned the term "wildcat" today...) could be switched out for one supporting a smaller sized chain.

Pictures below, any info appreciated!

Also, as an aside, I do have the cranking handles, though they're not in the pictures. It's pretty neat, uses a bicycle action to haul up the chain...

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Re: Help! Trying to identify Goiot windlass

That's odd looking gear. Are those built-in bitts? If so, kinda handy.

The Goiot web site has a few PDFs for "former" windlasses. I would say the closest match is the Goiot 308. Maybe.

Did Goiot answer your email?
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Re: Help! Trying to identify Goiot windlass

Yes, those are built-in bitts. I thought they could be pretty useful as well.

I did have a look on their site, and I agree, it sort of looks like the 308, but the 308 seems to be lacking the bitts.

If it is the 308, or some variant, it looks like they made both 10mm and 8mm wildcats. (that's based off of this parts list, http://goiot-systems.com/wp-content/...indeau-308.pdf ; and some google translate, since my technical french language for windlasses is pretty weak!

I've not yet heard back from Goiot, unfortunately!
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I did hear back from Goiot this morning. Unfortunately they don't know what model it is, too old! Ah well.
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Try Southern Seas Marine. They are the Australian distributors for Goiot. They have alot of historic information and spares for older goiot products.
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Re: Help! Trying to identify Goiot windlass

I believe that windlass is going to be painfully slow compared to your electric one and I would seriously think twice before installing such an old and out dated windlass. Also, notice the size of the bolts which you will mount it with and imagine the torque of using the bits on those bolts.
Did you get the crank handle with this windlass or are you going to have to fabricate one? Is there a ratchet in the windlass or in the handle or are you on your knees cranking like a winch?

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I think I've decided to keep my electric windlass, for a few reasons. Primary being size. It came off a 40+ foot boat, so while it looked right on her deck, on my 34' it's huge! The chain would have been more expensive too...

Instead, I'm going to simplify my setup by removing the battery under the v-berth and running proper sized wire back to my primary house bank for the electrical windlass.

I also figured out how to use a socket wrench on my electric windlass as a sort of manual mode, should I ever find myself in a pinch or looking for exercise.

The Goiot does have the cranking handles, and what appeared to be a clutch/break. I'll offer to return it to the friends that gave it to us, and if they don't want it, I'll sell it or give it away myself.

Thanks for the help all!
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Re: Help! Trying to identify Goiot windlass

That is very interesting!

I have two Goiot 308 windlasses, but neither looks anything like what you have.

Must be very, very old, as one of mine is very old, I think.
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