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Old 22-12-2009, 21:28   #1
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Has Anyone Heard of Knowsley Winches ?

Anyone ever heard of Knowsley Winches somebody dropped a couple off on my boat
they look just big enough just for a 36 but I can't find any info on them, on
the internet, all the winches have on them is Knowsley and England they're about
6 1/4" across the base. They ave been cut off, the bolts on there under side can
only be accessed after removing the drum it looks like, and I can't figure out
how to take off the centre cap it has a set screw but that's the only fastener
you can get at. The only info I found on the web was two posts one asking about
how to get the centre cap out and the other offering what sounds like the same
winches for sale used in England.
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Old 23-12-2009, 03:43   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, haidan.

You’ve certainly set us a good challenge.

FWIW (not much, I know):

United States Patent #3809368 was granted in 1974, for a Marine Winch, to Knowsley Engineering Limited (Manchester, EN).
MARINE WINCH - Patent 3809368

Knowsley Engineering may be associated with S.K. Knowsley Ltd (firefighting gear).*

* KNOWSLEY ENGINEERING LIMITED
c/o Knowsley S K Ltd Centrepoint
Marshall Stevens Way, Trafford
Park, Manchester
M17 1AE

Good luck in your search!
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Old 26-12-2009, 15:52   #3
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Thanks I wouldn't have known where to begin with a patent search on these things, thanks a lot
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Removing cap

There's a grub screw inset into the centre cap, small allen type, remove this and then using the winch handle to hold the centre hub unscrew the outer cap using the two holes to insert a suitable device to turn the cap. Once this is off you can then remove the drum to gain access to the securing screws. Be careful not to loose the ratchet mechanisms and springs
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Old 27-04-2010, 09:55   #5
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Yes, thank you I figured it out eventually, they were just very seized and needed a good soaking, in some solvent, also I had no winch handle to go with them, the hole in these British winches seems to be smaller than the standard winch size we have in North America, I'm sure at some point I'll find a suitably sized handle in a used boating store, but so far I'm just using one I made up, it's a little crude but it works.
They're really quite well built simple two speed winches and apparently Barlow uses the same pawls as Knowsley so as long as I don't damage the gears inside they should last forever.
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Old 09-05-2010, 09:59   #6
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Hi I have 2 knowsley winches, just wondered if you ever found the handles for these? If so, would be greatful if you could gvie me any further information on where I could purchase them. Thanks
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Old 28-08-2010, 10:47   #8
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knowsley winches

Any news yet about the knowsley winches handles as i have 2 as well

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Old 28-08-2010, 10:56   #9
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not so far, but used marine stores are a rare thing on the BC coast
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Old 20-07-2012, 19:31   #10
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Hi Haiden
I have used Knowsley winches on my boat for 33 years. They are well built and robust but after 1 and 1/2 tours of the world one winch has wear on the largest drive gear and this gear needs replacing. Have you found any parts or place where parts might be obtained? Would appreciate any help. Thanks
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Re: Has Anyone Heard of Knowsley Winches ?

Yeah they seem nicely built I just took them apart and cleaned and re-greased them and they've been working just fine. I ended up making some handles for them out of some stainless square stock, they work but don't float so I hang on to them for tightly. If I can remember one of them was missing a pawl and I used one from a different make, don't remember which, I just compared them till I found a match. I was also missing a few roller bearings on one and I just pulled one out of the other winch. I would doubt that there would be any under the Knowsley name but maybe the dies were bought up by another manufacturer. Where did you get them, I had never heard of them before someone gave me a pair.
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