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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

Hi Charlie,

I've yet to install and use my new Tigres, but I did find the owner's manual on the imtra website (imtra.com) to be more useful than the manual from the Lofrans website. Also, Lofrans makes a "maintenance kit" specifically for the Tigres that has replacements for those parts most prone to wear and corrosion. It may be money well spent if your Tigres hasn't seen much TLC over a period of years and/or have on hand if you're cruising.

Best prices for Lofrans stuff I've found is Jimmy Green Marine. Very helpful sales/customer support and fast shipping as well.

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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

The three 'horns' on the gypsy cone are to put the windlass handle over (one at a time) and use it as a brake when freefalling the windlass. That way you can lower the anchor as fast or as slow as you want. We only use the electric down when the anchor is already set and we need to release the snub and let out more scope. It's way too slow to get the anchor to the bottom where we wish it, if there is any wind blowing.
There is a lock mechanism on the gypsy to secure it and allow you to use the drum independently, when you release the brake cone. You should not try to use both at the same time. The holes in the drum side are to put the handle in and use the windlass as a manual windlass, should the power fail, so don't let anyone tell you a powered windlass is a bad idea. That's just ignorance talking.

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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

Hey Paul and Capta:
The IMTRA site does provide better information than the Lofrans site.

Messing about with the windlass yesterday I loosened the gypsy. The chain spindle did not loosen up or free wheel. I gathered that was how it was supposed to work from the sketchy manual. Thanks for the confirmation.

It is a good deal that so far I have not anchored in deep water.

So, I just ordered the spares kit. Checking quickly with Defender the Jimmy Green Marine price was around $30 less expensive.

When I receive the parts kit I will catch up with long overdue maintenance.

Thank you both for the scoop / advice.

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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

We do our windlass about 4 times a year. First remove the stripper, then turn the horned cone all the way off. Remove any other parts from the spindle and remove old grease and re-grease all well except the cone and the surface it bears on. Reassemble. Do the drum side at least twice a year or it will seize up and be most difficult to remove. That side will let you know in no uncertain terms when it needs maintenance as the ratchet will begin to clang loudly as the windlass turns.
Remember, these windlass use stainless and alloy together and need disassembly occasionally. Isolation compounds won't work as they need grease to lubricate them.

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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

GREETINGS EATHLINGS I have mounted mine on a piece of I beam, because it gives a better grip on the chain and a better lead for the chain drop and acts as a mount for the baby stay on the deck . normally cover it up with a OLD 5 gall drum but before I put up on deck I painted it black then painted it again White as it blends into the colour seam the I beam has two holes drilled in to the upright for shackles and fixtures nice bit of kit (sorry I do not know how to upload pics ) AS ALWAYS GO SAFE
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