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Old 29-08-2015, 10:43   #1
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Help with Windless

Ok, Here are some pictures of my windless.
Does anyone know the brand?
I also can not get it to free spin to let the anchor go. Does anyone know how this one works?
I've tried everything but the latch inside will not release for free spin.
Please help.
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Old 02-09-2015, 16:54   #2
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Re: Help with Windless

I hope someone can help you but I can't. That looks like it came over with the Pilgrims and they got it used. The chance of finding documentation let alone parts I would put between slim and none. Actually closer to none.

Nevertheless there are a few people here older than I with much more experience. Otherwise I think you are in the market for a newer windlass.

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Re: Help with Windless

Those old manual windlasses are damn near indestructable. The 4 handled wheel, with a pipe lever extension, releases the cone clutch for free-falling the anchor. You may have to crank the retracting lever to release the clutch pawl first. Don't throw it away, it will probably outlive you, with a little lubrication.
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Re: Help with Windless

What Blue Stocking says. That four star wheel on the right side, next to the chain, tightens and loosens the cone clutch. It may be stuck shut after years of no servicing. Lots of Liquid Wrench, tapping with a plastic mallet, and patience will eventually free it. I also see a pawl which can be swung over and engage the chain wheel to stop it.

Dont give up on it. Those old yacht windlasses, especially one as rugged as yours, are scarcer than hens teeth. Mine is similar, 36 years old, and I wont give it up.

Like Cabo Sailor says, only someone much older than he might remember these. I took the lines for the Mayflower when the Pilgrims sailed into Plymouth.....
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Re: Help with Windless

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Like Cabo Sailor says, only someone much older than he might remember these. I took the lines for the Mayflower when the Pilgrims sailed into Plymouth.....[/QUOTE]

I thought that was you on the dock
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Re: Help with Windless

HI

Undo the tension nut fully (the one with four arms).
Tools required;-

Bolster chisel or similar, hammer and soft faced hammer - releasing agent (oil).

Drive the bolster chisel behind the chain wheel and frame (not too hard) and then tap the head of the tension screw gently rotate, keep shaft lubricated and rotate the chisel position. Do not rush and eventually the clutch should release. Ensure that anchor is secured so that the chain wheel will not suddenly turn.

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