Originally Posted by Fiddlerman
For those of you who have the Leroy Somer Windlass, do you know how to use the manual override? I cannot find anything on this windlass to allow me to loosen the drive.
As you can see from the picture there are holes on the wheel, and a handle included for manual use.
So far we haven't needed it but one time we came close. Either the power was low or our connection on our remote was not good but it got me thinking.
We have the same Leroy Somer windlass on our boat
. As far as I know the windlass does not support manual anchor up. The handle for the drum is only to loosen the tension of the gypsy that the anchor can freefall.
We struggled hard with the windlass this summer up in Norway
. When pulling anchor up the gypsy slipped and it was impossible to get the chain in. To get the 25 kg anchor and 10mm chain up from 10m depth
by hand is quite a good workout.
I removed the drum and saw that the cones were worn. I got two used washerplates from a local mechanic
and put them between drum and gypsy. The gypsy worked again. But the motor
of the windlass now was the problem, getting really slow and we needed to pull by hand from time to time.
One of our projects this winter ist to update the windlass to Lofrans
Cayman. Scince the Leroy Somer has 700 W and the Cayman has 1000W I think I will have to change the wires as well. Has anybody done such an upgrade?