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Old 07-20-2016, 06:30 PM   #1
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Windlass slipping

Windlass started slipping last winter trip.

Motor had been rebuilt 2 years ago.

Feared the worst that a gear had stripped or one of the keys in the shaft lost its grip.

After several times disassembling and reassembling trying to figure out just what was wrong, I noticed the claw coupling (clutch) which engages the round part of the worm gear (large gear in picture) was sticking and not engaging all the time.

A good cleaning, new gear oil and back in business as if new.

Parts for this Vetus winch might not have been easily available so I am glad I dodged the $300 dollar part bullet and really happy to dodge the $2000 new windlass bullet had the parts not been available.

Some winches are very similar inside, and very easy to disassemble. Don't be afraid to try!
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Old 07-20-2016, 06:51 PM   #2
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I love it when repairs present a pleasant surprise rather than the all-too-common opposite.
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Old 07-20-2016, 07:01 PM   #3
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Or when under close inspection, the unit shows such little wear versus the expected worn out level, you might expect another 28 years of service.....
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