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Old 15-01-2007, 10:07   #1
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Windlass Opinion

I recently purchased for $275.00 what appears to be a very nice Simpson Lawrence Hispeed windlass that I wish to install on our Westsail 32. Does
anyone have experience with this model, would appreciate comments on performance and quality as well as if you think I got a good price.

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Old 15-01-2007, 13:34   #2
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Could this be the one:

http://en.lewmar.com/support/PDF/S-L...ed-D1021-1.pdf

Simson Lawrence is now part of Lewmar. They don't make a manual windlass any more I don't think. The larger Sea Tiger was the more popular manual windlass. This hasn't been made in a long time but could be a good choice depending on the ground tackle you are using. Depending on the condition you may have got a good price. I would look for spare parts as they won't get easier.
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Old 15-01-2007, 18:44   #3
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Thanks for the info Paul.
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Old 15-01-2007, 19:42   #4
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I have the manual windlass Paul mentions and we LOVE it. It just works and works. The wife pulls up the 45lb CQR (her choice) and she seems to like it.

I have the easy job... paying out the chain when we drop the anchor.

I'm drawing a blank on the right word for paying out the chain... I keep wanting to say skiing it or skirting it... both wrong. What's that word for when you open up the windlass and let chain fly?
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The words are "let go" (the anchor). In the Navy, on the ship I was aboard, is was "kick the pelican"......................._/)
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You can cast, let go, loose, lower, or release the anchor. You can lay, pay (off), or run (out) the chain.
Del: Thanks. “Kick the pelican” is a new one, to me.
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Yes, the command for dropping the anchor was always "Let go". It is also the command for letting go the mooring lines, eg. "let go breast line", "let go the backspring". Reminds me of a little incident that happened a few years ago. We were picking up a small mooring (beer keg) off Castleton in the Hudson River. It was blowing pretty hard and it had been raining so the river was really running but my wife managed to grab the ring with a boathook. The keg had no pennant on it so, while my wife was hanging onto the mooring with the boathook, I went forward to put a line on it. Hanging over the side I got the line through and told my wife to "let go". She said "let go?" I said "let go". She let go of the boathook and it went roaring down the river (they float). Now we were getting ready to go through the N.Y. State canals and a boathook is much needed. Luckily the boathook ended up in an eddy in a bend in the river and another cruiser who was watching this show got in his dink and retrieved it for us. Next trip I had two boathooks.
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I said "let go". She let go of the boathook and it went roaring down the river (they float).


Good one. It would never happen on my boat. The wife don't listen to me anymore.
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"Kick the Pelican." The term refers to the pelican hook (stopper) taking a strain on the anchor chain. Once the pelican hook is "let go" then the chain can run free. Kicking it sometimes just wouldn't overcome the strain so often we hit it with the biggest sledge hammer we could carry out on deck.

I started out on the deck force of Destroyers in '63 so had some experience "kicking the pelican."

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Lubrication often is a good idea. Some dissimilar metals that might freeze up if not taken care of.
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Florida Rigging and Hydraulics has some parts for the S L - Sea Tiger 555. I have inquired and have found them receptive and helpful.
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You can also VEER more anchor rode. Veer is from Middle English, of German origin, for VEREN, which means to slacken or let out.

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That's it! Veer was the word I was originally taught and have used. Somehow... it was lost. Uh oh.... getting old.
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I… told my wife to "let go". She said "let go?" I said "let go". She let go of the boathook…
Oliver Hardy: Now, Stanley, I'll hold the chisel, and when I nod my head, you hit it with that sledgehammer. Do you understand?

Stan Laurel: [scrathes head, shifts weight from foot to foot] Yes, Ollie.
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