Nearing the final chapter
It’s been kinda quiet around here, at least when it comes to the ongoing windlass-installation saga. I am happy to report that the deck and the windlass are now “going steady.” The pics can tell the story better than words can…
A shiny, stainless steel hausepipe cover once lived here. With a LOT of coaxing it was removed and holes were drilled for the windlass bolts using the supplied template. The foam core was then hollowed out and the space filled with West Systems Six10 epoxy. The little notch to the side of the larger hole is where the wires will run.
As I’ve written about MANY times before, the deck where the windlass needed to sit was not flat. I cut a hard plastic piece the same shape as the windlass base (I used a dollar-store cutting board), taped all around the outside (using 233+ green tape was recommended) and filled the space underneath the cutting board with epoxy thickened with 403. The BLOB to one side of the hole was to fill in a space that would not be covered by the windlass (remember that we reused the hole that was there. If we had cut a new hole it would have been a different shape and we wouldn’t have had this to deal with).
Installation rods threaded into the shiny windlass. I have 100′ of chain and 200′ of line flaked out on the tramp. I didn’t want to be dropping epoxy or adhesive down onto our anchor rode.
After debating on a variety of materials for a backing plate, I settled on StarBoard.
All put together. The windlass, and the backing plate, were both sealed with 3M 4000 UV.
Does it work? Yes, it runs. That is all I can say at the moment. Because I was missing a thing or two, I couldn’t complete the installation of the switches yesterday. I did rig up a temporary switch to confirm that it functions before I put my tools away though.
Once this job is completed we’ll be doing nothing more than enjoying the sunshine for the rest of the weekend!