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Old 14 August 2007, 12:02   #11
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I'd be a bit concerned that the winch appears to be a 4x4 type of gear. Not really marine-hardened in any way. For instance, it has galvanised cable, rather than stainless. The drum is steel. Neither of those is going to hold up to salt water for very long, I think.

OTOH, I've thought about an electric winch on the trailer as well; just have too many other things to get first...


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Old 14 August 2007, 13:33   #12
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You could always use rope instead of cable. Spectra is popular as it keeps weight down.

A good, much cheaper alternative to the Warn or Superwinch brands is Britpart. Never had any problems with these winches. We use them for all sorts of purposes. www.britpart.com

A wireless remote would allow you to control it while running about in the water as is often the case when trying to aim straight for the trailer.

If you use a 24 volt setup (i.e. a pair of batteries which can be split charged then used in series) for the winch it will almost halve the current draw for the same power allowing a longer run time.

If you want to speed up the retrieval you could use a pulley the other way round and tie off one end of your line to the trailer (at the tail end) then toward the winch, through a pulley attached to the winch cable then out to the boat. This will haul in the line at twice the speed although double the effort experienced by the winch but it should be enough to get a boat onto a trailer and it may perhaps save you getting the winch line wet.
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Old 14 August 2007, 14:42   #13
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OTOH, I've thought about an electric winch on the trailer as well; just have too many other things to get first...


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Have a look at these when you get round to buying one >>> they fit on standard winch posts and have a freewheel capability.

Even with shipping and taxes to the Uk I thought it was worth it - and in use for over a year with no problems. .... of course, no or low shipping for you

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Old 14 August 2007, 15:02   #14
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I've got a superwinch X9 for sale, 4 ton pull, freespooling clutch see here:http://www.superwinch.com/X9_9_000_lbs.html

It's the complete kit with wire rope, fairlead, wiring harness, master switch etc. Cost me over 800 all in, only used a couple of times, I can let a fellow Ribnetter have it for 200!
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Old 14 August 2007, 19:21   #15
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come on then Nos4 tell us why he wants an electric winch , did something else happen at penmarlem saturday eve after i went home .

Dunno why you want an electric winch my missus gets most of the winching done while I make sure the boat is lined up properly , just that last 2 feet is a bit hard for her in the high gear
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Well...during the recovery James was looking a bit worn out so I started winching for him.
When I stopped to change position the ratchet slipped and did a bit more than a full turn of the handle before it caught again.
It DID only catch the back of my hand a glancing blow and it looked worse than it was-nothing broken, just a bruise.

There were more events than just that after you left- my car nearly went for a burton but I won't say why...
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when i looked at winches for the motorhome i came across the same issues, you are better off having a nice decent battery as you described, not using the car one unless you put some serious wiring from the battery to the winch.

free spooling and braking for letting the line out is key, plus the retrieve speed, especially under load as some are really very slow when the line is a long way out

i know why you are doing it as it is quite a task to wind it on. i suspect paying a good bit more for a high capacity/fast retrieve item would be well worth while

the 4x4 guys use a rope that seems much more friendly to use and seems very high capacity as well
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There were more events than just that after you left- my car nearly went for a burton but I won't say why...
Again I was in it the first time
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when i looked at winches for the motorhome i came across the same issues, you are better off having a nice decent battery as you described, not using the car one unless you put some serious wiring from the battery to the winch.

free spooling and braking for letting the line out is key, plus the retrieve speed, especially under load as some are really very slow when the line is a long way out

i know why you are doing it as it is quite a task to wind it on. i suspect paying a good bit more for a high capacity/fast retrieve item would be well worth while

the 4x4 guys use a rope that seems much more friendly to use and seems very high capacity as well
Yep going for the rope and high speed retrieve but I wanted to keep the weight down so that it can be removed to "remove temptation from others"
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I have been thinking about putting one on my trailer instead of the hand winch something like this!
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Powerful-12V-E...QQcmdZViewItem

Then I had the idea of fitting a windlass to do the same job like this!
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/QUICK-EAGLE-WI...QQcmdZViewItem
But has anyone a idea what I would need to pull a rolling weight of say 2tons??
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