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Old 28-09-2017, 13:12   #1
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Lewmar Windlass Pooped, Now what?

Our 16 year old Lewmar Ocean Concept 3 pooped the bed three weeks ago, and it appears that the gearbox is finished. We use this thing daily six months per year to haul up a 45kg (99 pound) Ultra anchor along with it's 1/2 inch (12mm) rode, usually anchored in 30-45ft depths at 5:1. We have 100 meters of chain (315ft)

So here are the questions/options:

1. Replace motor and gearbox with a new Ocean Concept 3 unit. We've already ruled this out due to the fact the failed unit was working at 100% capacity and we don't want a repeat performance. Price: $1,800.

2. Replace entire windlass with a Lewmar V4. We also ruled out this option because even though it's what's on the new Oyster 575, it would be working at 90% capacity.

3. Replace entire windlass with a Lewmar V5. Seems strong enough and is what Lewmar recommends. Price: $4,000-$5,000.

4. Replace entire windlass with a Lewmar V6. Overkill and expensive, but we do use this thing every day, and unlikely we'd ever need to deal with this again, BUT..... $10,000. Yikes!

Does anyone have any experience using the Lewmar V5 or V6 windlass?

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. We just want to fix this once and for all, the Ocean Concept 3 was always weak and barely able to do the job.

Pictured below is the Lewmar V6 Bad Boy.

Cheers

Ken
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Old 29-09-2017, 17:09   #2
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Our 16 year old Lewmar Ocean Concept 3 pooped the bed three weeks ago, and it appears that the gearbox is finished. We use this thing daily six months per year to haul up a 45kg (99 pound) Ultra anchor along with it's 1/2 inch (12mm) rode, usually anchored in 30-45ft depths at 5:1. We have 100 meters of chain (315ft)

So here are the questions/options:

1. Replace motor and gearbox with a new Ocean Concept 3 unit. We've already ruled this out due to the fact the failed unit was working at 100% capacity and we don't want a repeat performance. Price: $1,800.

2. Replace entire windlass with a Lewmar V4. We also ruled out this option because even though it's what's on the new Oyster 575, it would be working at 90% capacity.

3. Replace entire windlass with a Lewmar V5. Seems strong enough and is what Lewmar recommends. Price: $4,000-$5,000.

4. Replace entire windlass with a Lewmar V6. Overkill and expensive, but we do use this thing every day, and unlikely we'd ever need to deal with this again, BUT..... $10,000. Yikes!

Does anyone have any experience using the Lewmar V5 or V6 windlass?

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. We just want to fix this once and for all, the Ocean Concept 3 was always weak and barely able to do the job.

Pictured below is the Lewmar V6 Bad Boy.

Cheers

Ken
I've got the Lewmar 3000. The closest thing is the V6. It's been totally maintenance and trouble free now. 16 years old. I have a 70kg anchor and 1/2" chain. I would have thought the size down would be adequate.

If you want to swap out for a different make, there is the Maxwell VWC3500 with the chain pipe. It has the same pull as the V5 at 3500 lbs and costs $4800. I am sure it is a good unit.

I have lithium batteries and because they hold their voltage under load do give a lot more power out to the windlass. I'm sure that helps a lot to boost its power.

Can't you rebuild the gearbox? There should only be a few parts. Two gears and four bearings and a slop of grease. That should be it.
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