Lewmar Windlass Kit - Installed it myself
Monday, 21 May 2018 | Michael
I was finding manual anchor chain deployment tiring & even downright dangerous. An electric windlass seemed like a good plan & this Lewmar kit appeared ideal. The Ocean Chandlery website was well laid out & the prices reasonable. So - after some deliberation I made the order for a full kit - not altogether sure what that exactly entailed.
As it happens - the kit is exactly what you need. The windlass itself comes in 2 parts with rubber gasket, bolts & nuts, instructions. There is also a contactor & a circuit breaker supplied.
I had to buy a few things to do the job. There are some very specific holes to drill in the deck - a set of cheap diamond cutters from ebay did the trick.
The boat manufacturers had already made a strengthened section of foredeck where the windlass would mount, so I didn't need worry about that. The nastiest part of the job was mounting the motor to the bottom of the capstan under the deck - covered in sealant!
The main cables are about a cm thick & stiff which makes them difficult to bend & route.l You need to get the lengths right. The crimps on the ends need a hydraulic crimping machine, which luckily my local chandlery was able to lend me when I bought the crimps. Control wiring was easy & involve several Wago connectors.
The end result is absolute anchoring heaven. We now actively seek out anchoring opportunities at every occasion.
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