Originally Posted by Astrid
A capstan is always vertical and a windless horizontal. The part used for line is called a warping head
, while that for chain is called a gypsy
or wildcat. In the case of the OPs damaged example, the part is called warping drum.
To the OP, I would certainly look around for a new windless. If the warping drum was that bad off, what is the rest of windless like on the inside?
My manufacterers manual calls mine a Nilsson Vertical Anchor Windlass
vertical windlass - Google Search
Seems theres lots of vertical windlasses out there.
And here are the many horizontal capstans.
horizontal capstan - Google Search
However, the dictionary definition does agree with Astrid. Perhaps it is a term which has lost
it's definition in the manufacturing world?