Wow I can't believe it has been over two months since my last post. Things are going well as far as boat work goes. We have sailed a little and motored a lot. I guess it's summer here in FL! I started working on the anchor windlass
. I decided to get a manual windlass
A: I can't afford an electric
one (I am poor-ish)
B: Due to a bulkhead location it has to be a horizontal windlass
with no motors below deck
C: I have never had an electric
one and I figure if I don't know what I am missing I should survive.
I tried to locate a SL555 but had no luck and picked up a Lofrans
Royal. A little small for this application, but I could get it to with 3/8 HT gypsy
. My 5 year sailing plans will probably be Bahamas
, so mostly shallow anchoring
. Plus I am decently strong for a short guy. Hopefully it will last a few years.
The install went smooth other than cracking the teak
riser That I made from some scrap teak
that came with the boat. I need maybe another 1/4 inch of height so that did not bother me too much. All the fiberglass
stuff I needed for the install I already had so it was a low cost project
, minus the windlass. I had two holes from the old windlass. I sanded and beveled the holes. I made a three layer patch of 1808 and epoxy
for the bottom of the holes and then let it cure. I then used some leftover Coosa BW26 to replace the missing core
and Superbond epoxy adhesive
it. Then I laid another patch of 1808 on top. It came out pretty good and I did not even have to use any filler to fair the areas. I then primed them and put the nonskid on top. Then I installed the new windlass with the help of my dad.
also on a side note I finally got the sail cover
done. The company made it a bit small and it did not fit. They redid it and while it fits it seems a little small and nerdy. But They were half the price
of the other guys. This is a mega low budget project
. Well at least until I get a job. Here are the pictures.
I did not take any before pictures, so here is one from the old days. As you can see there is the windlass hole and the hole for the windlass foot switch.