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Old 24-07-2008, 14:43   #1
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I picked up a brand new maxwell vwc 3500 windlass a few months ago, looks like a real nice unit, I'm just getting around installing it and discovered that the chain wheel which was supposed to be sized for 5/8" chain, doesn't fit my existing chain. I've been trying to find where to purchase a new chainwheel on line but haven't had much luck. Can anybody point me in the right direction or should I just get new chain to fit the chainwheel that came with it
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The specs I found for that windlass calls for 1/2 inch HT chain for the drum size. I'm not aware of another drum that is made for it. 1/2 High Test (G4) chain is some pretty mean stuff. You should still sleep with confidence. The high test chain is going to give you lots of strength at 9,200 lbs working load at about 2.6 pounds per ft.

You can't lift the boat with it but it might if you doubled it up. Defender has ACCO brand for $6.17 per ft. Shop around and check the shipping cost. Defender claims to beat any other price. The shipping might be a deal maker.
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Old 24-07-2008, 18:34   #3
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Hi Pblais thanks for the info should be interesting to see what the shipping cost will be. Also I'm glad the boat can carry that weight up in the bow I figure I will need about 200' of it and I also will have about 200' of 1/2" on the second anchor, but like you said I will sleep very well at night.
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Old 28-07-2008, 01:19   #4
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Maxwell make a range of gypsies for the 3500 and should be able to supply easy enough. I'm at home otherwise I could give you specifics on your issue. I'll try and remember to suss the 'gypsy bible' tomorrow. We have our gypsy bible which lists almost every single gypsy made for every leading winch contender. At times I'm sure we know more about what will or won't fit than some of them do

But be warned I think the smallest Maxwell that runs a 5/8" is in their SY range. 'SY' stands for Super Yacht so as you might guess the price steps up a bit, mind you so do the winches in size. Some of those are monsters and the smaller ones weight 500lb odd. Not for the feint hearted wallets
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maxwell web address <http://www.maxwellmarine.com> click on the windlass you are interested in and check out the dimensions etc.
Maxwell don't make a 5/8" gypsy for the 3500. range is 5/16" to 1/2" or 8mm to 13mm.
you would have to go to a larger size windlass as Gmac says.
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Old 28-07-2008, 13:37   #6
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Hi Steve When I wrote my first post I should of said 1/2" not 5/8" I did check their web site and it says exactly what you posted. I have 1/2" short link chain on my boat now and it doesn't fit the chain wheel on the windlass, I think Paul was correct in saying it is 1/2" ht or G4 but it doesn't list it. I will try to contact Maxwell from their web page and see if they answer, I didn't see anywhere on their site that I could purchase one and I'm trying to find where I can buy one on line. Thanks for the info and I will let you all know what I find.
This is a great list
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I would expect that Maxwell would reply, if they dont drop me a pm and I will give them a ring. They should have an outlet in the states that would carry the gypsy you want.
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PM me if you like I deal with Maxwell daily.

I'd think you need either a 201 or 061 gypsy. The Acco 1/2"HT ISO is basically the same as the Aussie 1/2" chains and those to above fit the Aussie stuff. Note the 'ISO' version not the NACA sizing.

I've just asked Maxwells techies answer back here soon.
I want to know how good my guess is now
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I knew Gmac would come through with the goods.
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Gezzz.... my memory astounds me sometimes.

Maxwell replied saying for a 1/2" US G40-
VWC go for a 201
HWC go for a 016

Now where are you CaptDen and I'll find out where you can easily get one.
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Thanks all Maxwell replied and sent out the correct chainwheel a little steep on price but I have to say the service was very good

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Re: Maxwell vwc 3500

Hello,

I have read this thread in my search for a Maxwell hwc3500 double drum double gypsy hydraulic windlass. Does anyone know the most inexpensive place to get one?
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