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PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

Hi all,

I'm gathering information about installing a Lofrans Tigres on my PS34. For those of you that have a PS 34 with a Tigres, I would greatly appreciate any comments you have about how the Tigres is working out for you. Again, specifically PS34's.

I'll be replacing the original Muir Hercules and I'm hoping to have the chain drop further aft as my current setup consistently jams due to the chain "castling" up. It also looks as though I'll need to raise the Tigress up around 2.5", putting the cleat about 14" high. I'm also considering cutting out the center divider in the chain locker to allow the chain to spread out more to help with potential jamming issues.

Anyway, tips, tricks, do's and dont's etc are all welcome.

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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

Hey Paul: We have a Lofrans Tigres on our PS43. It was installed by a PO. I have not paid any particular attention to it and it has not been a problem except jamming when the chain piles up in the locker. This was due to worn corroded chain and 100 feet of rope attached to the 120 feet of chain. I shortened the rope to about 10 feet and reversed the chain.

I would be glad to provide any pictures and dimensions that you would ask for.

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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

Hi, Charlie

Thanks for the response and offer. Glad to hear the Tigres itself hasn't been a problem. I hope to mitigate the jamming issue by installing the windlass as far aft and to the port as possible while remaining within the dimensions of the original pad. Since I'm looking at 300' of chain, it's clear to me now that I'll need to remove the chain locker partition so that it can spread out.

I'd be interested in the height of your teak pad and knowing if it is sloped at all. Ideally, also photos from each side and from the top down if you have 'em. It would be much appreciated.

I'm researching material for use as a pad. Lot's of options, so we'll so how that goes.

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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

Our Tigress was probably over 35 years old when the attachment legs finally failed. It still ran like a top, though.
I'd advise regular disassembly, cleaning and greasing of the drum and gypsy, and once in a while pull off the motor cover to check (and clean) the connections. Definitely, use the freefall feature to get your anchor to the bottom swiftly.

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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

Hey Paul: Good as any excuse to go to the boat. The teak windless pad is 2 inches thick fore and aft. I hope that the flicks help.
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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

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Hey Paul: We have a Lofrans Tigres on our PS43. It was installed by a PO. I have not paid any particular attention to it and it has not been a problem except jamming when the chain piles up in the locker. This was due to worn corroded chain and 100 feet of rope attached to the 120 feet of chain. I shortened the rope to about 10 feet and reversed the chain.

I would be glad to provide any pictures and dimensions that you would ask for.

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So you only have 130 ft to anchor with?
20 ft of water plus 5 ft freeboard is 25 ....that means you can’t anchor greater than 5x1 scope ratio.


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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

Change the rope to 8 plait and it will lay down.

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Hey Paul: Good as any excuse to go to the boat. The teak windless pad is 2 inches thick fore and aft. I hope that the flicks help.
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Big thanks to you Charlie. The pictures put things in proper perspective.

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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

Hey chef2sail:
Thanks for your concern.

You are a little long on the freeboard it is closer to 3 feet.

I usually anchor in around 10 feet of water here on the Pamlico Sound and rivers. Just in case though I have two other rodes aboard with a total of 250 feet of rope and chain in the forward port locker and in stern locker.

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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres

I would like to learn more about our Lofrans Tigres windlass. Particularly: how to 'free wheel' when lowering the anchor, how to weigh anchor manually, and how to perform preventative maintenance. A parts illustration would help.

I replaced the Imtra foot switch (down) yesterday. It was not a problem lowering the anchor by hand, but I would like to know how to disengage the drum. I suspect that the brake is frozen.

I would add that I would recommend replacing a faulty foot switch. I dissembled the old one. It was simple, robust in construction and easy to clean. The old one now functions and will serve as a spare.

I have a multi language, multi windlass, Lofrans Information and Users Manual (PDF) obtained from Lofrans that does not help much.

Thank you for your assistance with any more information.

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