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Old 20 June 2010, 15:54   #1
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What size winch?

Hi, I have a question; what size winch do I need for my trailer to winch my 7.5m RIB?

I have broken my current one and it has no size on it.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 21 June 2010, 17:58   #2
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Hi Lee
when I bought my Pacific 22(6.5m around 1.8tons) the trailer had a 2000lb hand winch which was pretty worn out. I looked to replace it with similar but at my local trailer place they were around £80.
I found an electric winch on ebay which has served me well enough for 3 years, although I don`t launch and recover the boat on a daily basis.
I have 2 crocodile clips to the battery(the cigarette lighter plug was a bit too light for the current drawn and got a bit hot.)
Also I dropped the remote in the water one time and buggered it. I had a new one made by my electrician where I work.
It has a manual handle override which got me out of trouble.
Its pretty similar to this one currently on Ebay.
I also note there are 2000lb hand winches on Ebay for around £35.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/12V-HD-6000LB-...#ht_1495wt_911
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Old 28 June 2010, 00:18   #3
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Hi Lee
when I bought my Pacific 22(6.5m around 1.8tons) the trailer had a 2000lb hand winch which was pretty worn out. I looked to replace it with similar but at my local trailer place they were around £80.
I found an electric winch on ebay which has served me well enough for 3 years, although I don`t launch and recover the boat on a daily basis.
I have 2 crocodile clips to the battery(the cigarette lighter plug was a bit too light for the current drawn and got a bit hot.)
Also I dropped the remote in the water one time and buggered it. I had a new one made by my electrician where I work.
It has a manual handle override which got me out of trouble.
Its pretty similar to this one currently on Ebay.
I also note there are 2000lb hand winches on Ebay for around £35.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/12V-HD-6000LB-...#ht_1495wt_911

Many thanks for the post, mine is now on order from e bay.

Lee
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Old 17 July 2010, 14:14   #4
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New Winch

Hi all, I have taken the plunge and invested in a new winch as per recommendations.



I'll be trying it out tomorrow, wish me luck!

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Old 18 July 2010, 16:55   #6
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Hi Chewy, it was a disaster of a day.
1, fuel injection problem
2, transducer smashed (must have been a submerged object but I did not feel it)
3, Winch completely caput (handle shaft come away inside housing can't use electrically or manually), this was a 6000lb horisontal pull, it should have aced this.
I rode the boat up the trailer to get it back on.
I will take a look at my rollers (perhaps not rolling too well)?
4, braces in my drysuit snapped.
5, did not get to dive my favourite wreck today
5, nasty noise coming from the rear for the last 1/2 mile home, checked out the bearings all ok, crikey it must be the car!!!!

all together now sing with me..............
"and always look on the bright side of life..................."

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Old 18 July 2010, 18:03   #7
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I had one of those cheap electric winches years ago, forget what make, it also broke on the first occasion I used it (supposed to be 15000lb rolling load but would not shift a slightly bogged Discovery) and I dumped it. Cost me north of 200 quid and a complete waste of money!
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Old 19 July 2010, 01:48   #8
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Thanks for the post, what size and type of winch do you use now?
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Old 19 July 2010, 04:49   #9
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what size winch

hi i have posted on this problem befor i an afraid all is not as it seams
there for back to basics
your boat =1400lb
engine=500lb
fuel 10gal=100lb
this discounts anythink else on the boat ,the angle of the slip ect
the simple rule is the total weight of the boat plus 10% for every lay of the wire onto the drum in an inverse way
therefor say 4000lb winch
first lay -400lb, 2nd 360lb,3rd 300lb.
so the 4000lb comes down to 3000lb ect ect.
the electrical wirring must be of the right size i use welding wire and a stacker truck connection on mine
i have a 6.5 ribcraft & a 4500 superwinch just does it
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Thanks for the post, what size and type of winch do you use now?
Right at this minute, none (still waiting for the new boat!) - I have only ever used the hand winch on the boat and as far as vehicle winches are concerned, I now have a 10,500lb Milemarker hydraulic which is in a slightly different league - both performance and cost!
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all together now sing with me..............
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Which is where the name for my SR4 came from.
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Electric Winch

OK, the nice people at tool time are going to swap the winch over for a working model.
All I need now is to fix the buggered injectors and source a new transducer for the garmin and I will be back to square 1.
or is that square-1?!

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Sorry to read of your troubles diverdad.
I`m still using the original electric winch although the 6mm wire it came fitted with has gone a bit crippled now, I may replace it with 8mm dyneema(which will actually cost more than the winch did!)
I should say that I have only pulled my Pacific onto the trailer on a relatively shallow slipway, but it is an old-school trailer with hard rubber rollers(none of yer Rollercoasters here) and it manages it ok and it`s better than hand-cranking after a days diving.
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Hi I have a C8000EWX from winch solutions and use a stainless roller fairlead with 11 mm PLASMA 12 Synthetic Rope + wireless remote so you can walk around the boat as you recover to check it's ok

Have a look here

http://www.winchsolutions.co.uk

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