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Old 06-03-2010, 14:40   #1
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Lofrans Progress II Windlass Removal

I'm trying to remove my progess II windlass from my deck to do some repair work ( broken cap screw)
It's an older model.
The clutch nut where the winch handle fits doesn't want to unscrew.
I have it soaking with penetrating oil.
I'm at the point where I'm wondering if I'm loosening it the right way ( counter clockwise?)
If I can't remove it, is there a way I can knock out the main shaft from below deck?
Has anyone had a simular experience?
Any help would be appeciated.
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Old 09-03-2010, 18:13   #2
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I installed this windlass on my boat. I remember that 4 thru deck threaded studs with nuts under the deck but above the motor were all that held this together. The clutch nut doesnot need to be loosened to remove unit. a small flashlight and an inspection mirror under the deck should validate my memory. Be careful the motor is heavy.
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:02   #3
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Methinks you may have to disassemble the windlass to access the top of the fasteners (unless they are ‘captive’).
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Old 10-03-2010, 08:00   #4
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lofrans removal

Hi Squarehead, I concur with Morgan 3820. I have the same unit being installed on my foredeck, I have put it on and off several times for fitting. The motor is easily removed with four short bolts(when new anyways) which gets rid of about 65# leaving you with removing the nuts under the deck that hold the capstan etc to the underdeck gearbox. The four long bolts are captive into the capstan casting, then you can lift the unit off the deck. Mine weighs 75 kgs with the motor being a little under half.
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