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Old 20-07-2020, 08:20   #1
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converting to hydraulic windlass with fuling system

My new boat has a hydraulic furling system for the main and genoa, but lines were run to a fitting in the chain locker for the cutter staysail, but never hooked up since the staysail is a line drum furling system. The electric windlass motor is mounted in the chain locker as well, and it works, but has a ton of surface corrosion. I imagine that it gets a lot of contact with seawater, especially in rough weather when the bow is diving under waves. I was thinking, that a hydraulic windlass may be more immune from surface contact with seawater, because I imagine that it is mostly a sealed unit. What I'm wondering is if it's possible to just use the unused staysail hookup for the furling system, and if that will provide enough power and flow for a windlass? Is a hydraulic windlass more robust in the face of getting doused by seawater occasionally, as well as being in the chain locker?
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Re: converting to hydraulic windlass with fuling system

As long as you match the parameters (flow, etc.) you will be fine. A hydraulic windlass may or may not be more resistant to corrosion - all in the details of the design of the windlass (esp the coating).


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Re: converting to hydraulic windlass with fuling system

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My new boat has a hydraulic furling system for the main and genoa, but lines were run to a fitting in the chain locker for the cutter staysail, but never hooked up since the staysail is a line drum furling system. The electric windlass motor is mounted in the chain locker as well, and it works, but has a ton of surface corrosion. I imagine that it gets a lot of contact with seawater, especially in rough weather when the bow is diving under waves. I was thinking, that a hydraulic windlass may be more immune from surface contact with seawater, because I imagine that it is mostly a sealed unit. What I'm wondering is if it's possible to just use the unused staysail hookup for the furling system, and if that will provide enough power and flow for a windlass? Is a hydraulic windlass more robust in the face of getting doused by seawater occasionally, as well as being in the chain locker?
Your winch will need a high flow rate

If you used low flow rate, momentary type power pack common to furlers for you anchor windlass it rotate slowly . This slow rate of retrieval means that your hydraulic power pack will run for a long time , overheat and shut down
The last hydraulic powered anchor winch I used had a dual motor, 2x3kw , power pack

This is a big piece of equipment and I gobbles enourmous power
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