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Old 13-07-2009, 15:57   #1
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McMurry Windlass - Parts Search

Sorry, long post but....There are probably 100's of McMurry windlasses out there still pulling up chain and many of them have had or will need servicing. About 5 years ago I found Hayner Marine in Seattle was still offering parts but there are no longer in business. Doc Freeman's the original supplier is long since out of business. Does anyone know who is offering parts / motors? I am in search of a motor, mine is bi-directional.

My research indicates that some of the McMurry's out there only work in the UP position which probably means that their owner needed a new motor and was unable to find a bi-directional motor so choses to replace it with the more-common starter motor. McMurry's have a clutch-brake system which would allow you to lower the chain without the motor...probably not the best, but it would work. I am fairly certain that the original motor used in the McMurry (at least my model 1000) is a "Ford Long Shaft" starter-type motor with windings/posts for use in both directions. It may be a Prestolite motor. The replacement motor I got from Hayner was stamped 3125 which may refer to a Lester p/n. Googling for 3125 picked up no results. Anyone know a good source?

The starter motors get REAL hot when used in the windlass application. This is because they were not designed for continous duty. A starter is typically run for short intervals (up to 30 seconds) then allowed to cool before it is re-used. Most boat owners lack the patience for this or the situation will not permit it when hoisting anchor. If anyone know of a long-shaft motor for continous duty I am all ears. I hope this info and the possible answers that others can share will benefit other McMurry owners. Cheers.
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Old 14-07-2009, 09:46   #2
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The Starter Motor Buyer's Guide cross-references most manufacturer’s starters. Perhaps you can find a match there:
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I have gotten real smart in the last 24 hours. I have found a source for the original OEM motor specs. $229 + shipping from Western Motors Service. 800-810-0401, ask for Dave. This is a 12v bi-directional motor with double-ball-bearing guides. This motor should be faster, stronger (hp) and able to run longer without overheating. Yeah!~ I hope this saves other McMurry windlass owners a ton of time researching...this took about 6 hours on internet to nail down. FYI, I may have also found a source for the gears inside the winch....complements of someone elses research on a different forum. I am researching now to see if the gears match the ones in the model 1000 McMurry that I have. I will post an update when I know.
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