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What’s owning a boat without a bit of repair work to keep things interesting? Since we left Hog Island for Carriacou last week, we have been raising and lowering our anchor by muscle power alone. I know, I know… another opportunity for exercise.

Notice anything missing?

The repair process begins.

Disassembly required the use of bigger and bigger hammers!

With the help of our friend Ben from the boat Midnight anchored beside us, I finally got the case apart.

The exploded diagram in the documentation is next to useless.

The bits and pieces, all cleaned up. We found a broken washer inside and some slightly stripped threads on a gear shaft. Oh, and a mystery dowel which we just found on the ground. Not quite sure where that goes yet. 🙂

To be continued…

22 Comments

  1. No bueno!! Hope you figure it out sooner than later, mystery pieces are incredibly frustrating. AND – if Carl doesn’t win – I am going to be SHOCKED. You guys deserve to be on his payroll for all the PR you’re doing!! 🙂

  2. andy & sonja cru-zinacatamaran - Reply

    Hope its repaired with just that washer changed & a new gear shaft. How is the place where you are for spares ? some gr8t pic’s again on your FB page 🙂 thanks for all this info

  3. Number 9 looks mysterious and number 27 also seems a bit out of place.
    Good luck with that!

  4. I am voting for 7, 9, 27, and Carlton.

    I’ll bet your desire to move to a new place has been greatly diminished. It’s a corollary, the desire to move is directly proportional to having a working windlass. 🙂

    Fair Winds,
    Mike

  5. Just think of the huge biceps you are going to have… oh wait a sec.

  6. “Tell me about it. We have already anchored about 6 times without it.” What’s all the fuss?! Many of us don’t even have electric winches, of any type. You lot are just soft:-) 🙂 :-).

    Aside from that . . . . The dowel looks like the one right in the middle of your exploded diagram, by the coffee stain – but you knew that anyway – didn’t you?

    As an ex failed engineer, mending that thing looks fun! Well maybe not if you need it soon.

    Good luck with it

    Mike

  7. I am in Kingston and just thought you would be interested in this article from the Whig being this was your home marina.
    http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3326806

    • WOW! That is awful news. That is the same crane and operator that lifted our boat in and out of the water. Fortunately no one was hurt but it’s quite sad about the boats!

  8. I had a 36′ for 2o years and then a 32′ for 6 years without a windlass.

    My 42′ I have now has one. :))

    Bill Kelleher

    • Is it possible to operate without a windlass? Of course. There is a huge safety advantage in having a windlass that can raise the anchor quickly though, and do it over and over.

  9. On the bright side, they will save some money on winter storage…oh.. too soon?

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