When Troldand was still at the yard we decided to place a supplementary order for an anchor winch. Unfortunately this proved to be impossible, simply because Lewmar had a time of delivery of more than 8 weeks!!? During the spring of 2006 however, we mounted a Lewmar Sprint 100GD anchor winch ourselves (the type of windlass Northshore used at that time). The process was pretty straight forward as we supplied electricity through the bow-thruster cables. Pulling the cables from the fore peak to the chain locker though, was a grueling work.
|The 'original' windlass which also had a capstan. Note that the motor was placed with a direct drive immedeately under the windlass. This requires a fairly large whole in the deck but makes for an easy installation.|
This windlass however, broke down just before our departure for the Retiremet Cruise and to save ourselves a lot of trouble we changed it to a similar one (same base, same holes). This type of winch though is not really good enough for serious use as it is slow and do not have a clutch which makes it possible to release the chain for 'free fall'.
In spring 2015 we thus decided to change once again and after serious studies (the space available is extremely limited) we decided for the New Zealand produced Maxwell windlass, a really nice piece of engeneering.
|Contrary to the old windlass (se above) it is possible to operate the new one manually wit an ordinary winch handle (mid). Normal operation however, is done by a blootooth connected remote control (right)|
|Control box for the remote control and fuse (left) easyly accessible chain locker (mid) and sturdy windlass motor (right)|
Last update October 2015