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Old 25-06-2021, 22:51   #1
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Help help with simpson Lawrence hyspeed windlass

Instructions for sl manual windlass are bad.

Really need help.

1. How to remove old grease and put in new grease

2. How remove old gear oil and put in new gear oil

3. How disassemble windlass

Apparently gypsy clutch has set screw

And rode ?

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Old 28-06-2021, 06:58   #2
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Re: Help help with simpson Lawrence hyspeed windlass

we had one, & as far as I remember the quality of the parts was so low (simple, quick-wearing bushes for the axles, Czechoslovakian (iron-curtain-days...) bicycle freewheel-sprockets, ...) that we just threw it away when these parts were worn out. Maintenance/repair would have been a case of throwing good money after bad...
Then (89) thea were selling it for "up to 40' boats", it would have been taxed on a 30'er, probably adequate on 20, 22'.
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Old 28-06-2021, 15:38   #3
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Re: Help help with simpson Lawrence hyspeed windlass

Hello, arch007,

We, too had one of those windlasses. It got broken in Papeete in 1990. One of Jim's happier days was when he installed a Maxwell two speed manual windlass on our 36 footer. What a difference!

What happens with the SL is that as the bushings go, salt water gets in (unless you're a Great Lakes Sailor), and there are dissimilar metals issues. It is getting harder and harder to find replacement parts for them, although the seals and whatnot are probably still around. For us, they didn't last long, even though we had made a cover for the windlass in hopes of keeping out the water.

If you were to give the displacement and length of your boat, and where you plan to use it, our recommendations could be tailored to your location, boat and plans. You can add info about your boat under your avatar, using the Edit avatar function.

For instance, if you are limited to the east coast of the US, your needs would be different if you were in Scotland, or French Polynesia (where the anchorages are very deep, sometimes). For now, i suggest you take the gypsy with you when you go buy chain, because you need good fit of the links in the gypsy.

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