Okay. The windlass repair
seems to be a success. We stayed in a slip for the repair work
and a few days waiting out a storm system. Now we are back at anchor
and all is good.
This repair was needed because I allowed someone to" help" me look at whether I could run rope
and chain through the chain gypsy
. Of course I cannot but this friend tried to unbolt the chain stripper and sheared off both bolts. Then he tried to drill out the bolts but his drill drifted off the bolts and he drilled new holes next to them. That put the chain stripper in the wrong place and weakened the windlass housing they were bolted to. My temporary repair with JB Weld lasted only a few months.
So now we have done it right. Pulled the windlass, had a machinist drill out the sheared off bolts, welded new studs to bolt the stripper to. And while we had it out we re-bedded the switches, replaced the wiring
harness and inspected the motor
I'll try to attach photos.
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