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Old 18 February 2014, 07:59   #1
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Disturbing markings

Last season the strop on my winch broke on the final recovery, just in time some might say. Last weekend I finally got a look at it and decided that the winch assembly was due for renewal and decided to remove and replace the whole unit. On removal, I was examing the makers marks and noted that it was rated to 2500lbs , made in Nebraska USA and somewhat disturbingly, apparantly, according to the spec, NOT FOR MOVING HUMANS!!!!

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Old 18 February 2014, 08:31   #2
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litigation these daysi bet they are just covering the proverbial ass
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Old 18 February 2014, 08:34   #3
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there goes that new business venture then.....
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Old 18 February 2014, 11:32   #4
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NOT FOR MOVING HUMANS!!!!
They all say that. Presumably you are moving a boat instead
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Don't know about the Nebraska part, but the "Not for moving humans" thing is a standard disclaimer here in the US. We have certifying agencies for webbing products that are used for lifting people; the disclaimer [theoretically] prevents lawsuits from those misusing products (i.e. winching a person up using a boat winch.) Doesn't mean it won't do it, just that the manufacturer isn't liable if it happens to fail while you are attempting to.

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On a similar note have a look at your road tyres mine are 265/75/16 and it says only to be fitted on 16 " rims
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Old 18 February 2014, 12:46   #7
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Same here in the EU. Lifting equipment for lifting people has very different safety margins and rules under LOLER. Most industrial lifting and winching kit then has something similar on it (or in its certs/paperwork) to get them out of needing to comply with the more strenous stuff.
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Old 18 February 2014, 13:31   #8
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Yup, that's normal Panic ye not!

Your winch is likely made by Fulton or Dutton-Lainson. They're the most common boat trailer winches in the UK and both are manufactured in the US, hence the rating in pounds and the disclaimer.
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slightly different note, i had an icom m31 (i think) which had a plate on it saying not intended for distress and safety purposes - even though the instructions gave clear details about making a mayday call!
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and watch out - that packet of dry roasted peanuts you are eating may contain nuts.....
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Old 01 March 2014, 17:23   #11
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and watch out - that packet of dry roasted peanuts you are eating may contain nuts.....
.....& whatever you do, don't dry the dog in the microwave
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I did see a Russian can of sardines that had the warning "May contain fish". Raises the question of what's in there if it doesn't contain fish...

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chicken 'o the sea perhaps
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On a similar note have a look at your road tyres mine are 265/75/16 and it says only to be fitted on 16 " rims

That's cos there are 16.5 inch rims as well in the USA and some nobburs think you can force a 16 onto a 16,5 inch rim.
I used to trial a land rover with 10.50-16.5-LT Goodyear xtra grips on 16 inch rims if you gave it too much welly the wheels would spin in the tyre and the valve stem would vanish
they never came off the rims though.
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I used to trial a land rover with 10.50-16.5-LT Goodyear xtra grips on 16 inch rims if you gave it too much welly the wheels would spin in the tyre and the valve stem would vanish
Inner tubes under, I assume?

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slightly different note, i had an icom m31 (i think) which had a plate on it saying not intended for distress and safety purposes - even though the instructions gave clear details about making a mayday call!
That's a querk of GMDSS where commercial vessels are required to have both IMO approved (wheel marked) DSC fixed set(s) and (yellow) gmdss approved wheel marked hand helds.
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Someone from big ships might come along and tell us at what size these requirements come into force as a coded rib doesn't need this kit and a class D DSC set is adequate.
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To vessels over 300grt engaged on international voyages.
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Just like all the blocks on a yacht are marked "not for human suspension" Ever been up a yacht mast?
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Just like all the blocks on a yacht are marked "not for human suspension" Ever been up a yacht mast?
Hell no that's for crazy people who want to spend tons of money going slow.
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