New life for our old windlass

We’ve had a few issues with our little windlass in the past. It seems to have been abused to the point of failure recently. I posted about that here. And last year we had to replace the motor. That post is here. I am going to take the high road here and blame all of this on previous owners and/or years of dedicated service and hard work (and perhaps just a little abuse).

There is a noticeable difference between the old gear and the new one.


Thanks to Cliff at Ideal Windlass for making the necessary repairs and getting it back to us quickly.

Now this windlass is about 35 years old. It’s probably a bit small for our current ground tackle. We have a 60 pound Manson Supreme anchor and 300 feet of 7/16″ chain. That’s a problem for some time down the road. I have no idea what it has been through or how it has been maintained. It seems to have served its previous owners admirably. There is no evidence that any of the parts were replaced prior to our work. I know now that is as good as it can be.

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We are are going to give it some exercise this weekend.

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