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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Anchor Winch

Here are a bunch of pictures from the last week of assembling and installing our anchor winch. We had plans to stage a crane on-site for one day to do a job on one of the Baylink ferries. I put our anchor winch project on the front burner so we could get it assembled in time to use this crane for our installation while it was here. I had completely disassembled and cleaned all the parts last winter and so they were ready for the galvanizer. Here they were dipped in a nice bath of molten zinc which should protect all the parts from corrosion for many years to come. Since it had been a year since I took the thing apart, it took a little head scratching to figure out how all the bits and pieces went back together - next time I need to take more pictures. The winch body and drum are very heavily built from 5/16" steel. The main shaft is 1.5" stainless steel riding in bronze bearings with grease fittings. It is powered by a hydraulic motor that turns a chain drive running in an oil bath. There is a clutch type assembly with a large clutch pad on either side of the drum. This allows you to engage/disengage the drum from the shaft by turning the large hand wheel on the port side of the winch. A nice robust design that shouldn't give us any problems, and will be easy to fix if it does...


  1. I'm jealous. Know where any more of those are lying around?


  2. Our neighbor was just visiting and she said she wants to sell the anchor winch off of her 40' converted fishing boat. Its smaller than ours, maybe 16" or so on the drum. If you are interested, let me know and I'll put you in touch.


  3. I'm interested.

  4. Thanks for your post! Very interesting!

  5. Nice pics and information about installation of anchor winch, looking forwarding to your new blog posts.