I rebuilt mine, it cost me about $700 and had to order some parts from Scotland, but it is an outstanding winch...
cost ya $700.00......?
Or was that the price
ya paid used?
I bought my first one in Connecticut and took it home as carry-on luggage on Delta
Should have seen the looks of the security
folks when it went through the X-ray machine..
(They axsed what is was and not wanting to say anchor-windlass as that would probably raise more eye-brows, I told them it was a "sailboat-anchor" and that explained it, and I got blessings and smiles as they cleared me through.)
At any rate, I re-built it and finding nothing really "worn" I just replaced the bushings and springs..Also discovered that the factory "exploded" diagram had an error in it: Customer service
here in the US explained how it should really be and problem solved
. Total cost for the parts I ordered was around $150.00, including white spray-paint.
After a few years of use, I had a muscle-man for crew and he tried to lift
with the lock ON..After that episode the thing started slipping a bit so I sold it for $600.00 and explained the problem to the new owner, then bought a brand new one.
Turned out the slipping problem was from me packing too much grease inside, the next guy removed some and it worked great forever after.
So does my new one going on 8 years now.
Here is a toast to the 555 Sea-Tiger..Wish they would make-em still.