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Old 05-31-2020, 09:20 PM   #1
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Maxwell windlass leaking

Hi guys a couple of months ago (in summer) I installed a new Maxwell VW10 windlass which has the gearbox/motor in our forward cabin over the bunks.
The installation was done by a professional boat builder who made new teak base and internal joinery, a beautiful job and no sign of possible water ingress there.
We have recently had days of heavy rain and my forward bunks are saturated with water finding its way through the shaft etc, not just a drip but a full and constant dribble/stream.
Referring to the Maxwell installation guide in the small print there is a notation "If installing the windlass motor/gearbox in a DRY location eg forward berth additional arrangements will be necessary to minimize/eliminate water leakage into this area."
I have tried without success to find out what this is about and what is needed. Any help out there!!!

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Old 05-31-2020, 09:55 PM   #2
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Maybe it was designed to go in the rope locker where water dripping wouldn’t matter as it would just drain out. You may have to fashion a drip catching system and route the water into a sump or into the rope locker.

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Old 05-31-2020, 10:18 PM   #3
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I experienced helpful customer service from Maxwell when I contacted them. I was resealing my gearbox, and I spoke to the folks in the US.

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Have you tried contacting the installer? His problem, methinks.
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