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Old 05-27-2022, 03:55 PM   #1
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Pipe Davit Winch Recommendation?

Looks like our existing Dayton winch has no brake and that makes it useless to me in lifting our new 400# dinghy. Looking for a recommendation for a good 12V winch that has a brake.
The Warn AXON 35 looks nice - wondering what others have used?
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Hi Markpj23,

I suggest you chat up Warn and confirm just what their "mechanical brake" consists of. Also confirm what their "line pull" spec really means. Usually, winches are rated for what the winch can pull, but the manufacturers seldom specify the grade, or surface, or whatever that pull is against. This is significantly different from the actual line load at stall, which is always specified as a function of drum wraps for hoists. Personally, I would not use a winch for a dinghy hoist, particularly one your size. I would use a HOIST, which is specifically designed to stop a load once power is removed. Something like this: https://www.warn.com/12v-dc2000-indu...st-winch-63899

Yup, MUCH more expensive. Sigh.

I've tried many, many "winches", both cheap and expensive, from Warn and others, as dinghy hoist motors. NONE had other than a modest drag on the winch line, if power was removed (i.e.-the hoisting operation was stopped to swing out the davit, for instance). Thus, constant blipping of the up-button was required to hold the dinghy in place mid-pull. Winches are designed to pull stuff, not raise and lower things.

Sometimes, you can get away with multiple block and tackle to reduce the line load, and thus get by with a winch. Or, you can oversize the winch, and hope the drum drag is sufficient. But often you run into drum capacity issues, and attendant tangling and general hasselation, and thus a substandard (or worse-unsafe) operation. I wish Rule still made there 2200 winch. It did, indeed, have a line lock, and at a reasonable price. Sigh again.

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Old 05-27-2022, 06:17 PM   #3
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Hi Markpj23,

I suggest you chat up Warn and confirm just what their "mechanical brake" consists of. Also confirm what their "line pull" spec really means. Usually, winches are rated for what the winch can pull, but the manufacturers seldom specify the grade, or surface, or whatever that pull is against. This is significantly different from the actual line load at stall, which is always specified as a function of drum wraps for hoists. Personally, I would not use a winch for a dinghy hoist, particularly one your size. I would use a HOIST, which is specifically designed to stop a load once power is removed. Something like this: https://www.warn.com/12v-dc2000-indu...st-winch-63899

Yup, MUCH more expensive. Sigh.



I've tried many, many "winches", both cheap and expensive, from Warn and others, as dinghy hoist motors. NONE had other than a modest drag on the winch line, if power was removed (i.e.-the hoisting operation was stopped to swing out the davit, for instance). Thus, constant blipping of the up-button was required to hold the dinghy in place mid-pull. Winches are designed to pull stuff, not raise and lower things.

Sometimes, you can get away with multiple block and tackle to reduce the line load, and thus get by with a winch. Or, you can oversize the winch, and hope the drum drag is sufficient. But often you run into drum capacity issues, and attendant tangling and general hasselation, and thus a substandard (or worse-unsafe) operation. I wish Rule still made there 2200 winch. It did, indeed, have a line lock, and at a reasonable price. Sigh again.

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Many thanks - hoist is exactly what I need for this. Surprisingly they are not that much more expensive. Much appreciated.
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Old 05-27-2022, 09:57 PM   #4
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I think Golo makes what you are looking for. Golowinch.com.
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Warn does (or did) make high quality hoists. I just rebuilt my1995 Warn H2000 hoist with new Bushings, Sun gear, Driveshaft, Gaskets and a Brake. Thankfully the 3 stage planetary gears/bushings were in fine shape after 26 years of service. The hardest part was removing all of the old grease and then vacuum impregnating the bushings with oil.

The folks at Warn were easy to deal with and despite the fact that the hoist model that I have is no longer is available, most of the parts from their current line up, also fit my unit. It seems to be a good design, has held up well lifting 1000 #, but today it's just called something different. That's marketing for you.

I concur, get a hoist not a winch, simply because of the brake. My old brake worked well. I replaced it because I was in there, and it's a safety item. Total cost for parts, about $500.00.
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I gave up on electric winches. Went with an Andersen 18 self tailing winch and a DeWalt hole hog right angle drill for power. It's slower, but works fine.

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I gave up on electric winches. Went with an Andersen 18 self tailing winch and a DeWalt hole hog right angle drill for power. It's slower, but works fine.

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Good solution but unless I could find a used one the current price is actually more than the Warn dc1000.
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Good solution but unless I could find a used one the current price is actually more than the Warn dc1000.
If cost is the yardstick, definitely not the right solution. Not only the winch, but some sort of base adapter needs fabrication, and the setup needs a brake of some sort. I went with a Garhauer line clutch. All I can tell you is there will never be an instance where I go to raise the dinghy and be unable to do so. Never. A stark difference from the winches I've had over the years. Not a lot of "Plan B" built into those puppies.

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We have 2 Warn 12VDC hoists on our boom, I believe they are original 2011 gear. We use them frequently and they are trouble free, aside from some coating failure and corrosion (they have been outside/covered for 10+ years so not a criticism).

You can find them on sale in the 4x4 community, on occasion.
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Finally...

Well, it took 3 months to assemble all the parts needed to replace the winch. I must say that the Warn folks are severely backlogged and it doesn't appear to be getting much better - current orders show October delivery dates.

Anyway, I finally got my DC1000 hoist, the controller and remote control pendant needed to make the hoist work, plus the right sized synthetic line to actually lift anything. All in at around $900.

IMO the folks at Warn could make it easier to figure out which component parts are needed - for example they do not even list the 63926 controller on their website. Took 2 calls to tech support to get all the part numbers sorted out.

Spent most of the day yesterday doing the MacGiver routine to adapt everything to my pipe davit. The controller comes inside a cheap plastic open-backed housing that I assume is meant only as a spray shield. Not good in a marine environment of course. The relay itself is too big to fit inside a standard 4 inch electrical box, so I had to mount a 6 inch pvc box to the davit for the controller. It's ugly but waterproof, and the jack for the remote has a sturdy mount.
Simple project made difficult by a lack of materials.

These are indeed different times post-covid.
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jungpeter has this down pat!

When we purchased our boat we tried to replace a badly corroded Rule winch, which had a brake and was intended for "lifting", but none were available and we ended up installing a Dutton brake winch (hand crank).

We grew tired of winding everything up and down (we lift 3 feet, swing out over a railing, and then lower 14 feet to launch our 325 lb dingy). After some research we purchased and installed a DC1000 Warn Hoist with Amsteel-Blue and a double pully to reduce line load on the Hoist (our boom is positioned manually before raising or lower the dingy). With the hoist we also installed a new reversing solenoid and dual wireless remotes. With the remotes on lanyards both hands are free to manage lines when needed.

One of the driving factors to consider when choosing a winch/hoist is the manufacture's stated intended use. The auto/trailer winch manuals that we reviewed were pretty clear that the intended use excluded "lifting items vertically". While that doesn't mean they couldn't do it, it does probably mean that you are on your own if they don't.
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We use manual 3 speed trailer winches on our davits
One on each arm
Lifting a 700lb tender

Simple, cheap, good exercise.

But only lifting 5 ft out of the water
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