As we rounded the corner heading to Ketch, I called Maxwell Marine and asked if they had a direct replacement for this old V-1000. They said yes and it was the VWC-1000. Great! Be here in Katch in 5 days. So we wait. The new windlass arrives and when I looked at the parts, it looked too small! It was WAY too small.
I called Maxwell back and asked what gives, the VWC was not a direct replacement. The lady on the phone sent me to a technician. When I told him what happened, he said no way was the VWC 1000 was a direct replacement. We talked for a while and he told me I needed the VWC 3500. With the exception of having to enlarge the center hole to 5 inches, everything should drop in place. Great so we wait another 5 days. By this time our weather window had closed to cross Dixon Entrance into Canada. A huge storm has blown in with small craft advisory, 30kt winds and sideway rain.
John and I drilled the 5 inch hole and when I went to drop the shaft collar in, the hole was too small by 1/8 of an inch. Well crap. First thing in the morning in the rain and wind, I had to use a rasp to open this hole that was 5" big and 5" deep! Did I say it was windy and raining?
Took me a few hours, buy I got the hole opened up and it took about 2 hours to finish the install. Runs great, so far.
So here we wait until the next weather window, possibly Saturday..........
|May she RIP|
|New windlass parts|
|Drilling the 5" hole|
|John is drilling and I am stupper vising...|
|Taking a chisel and knocking out the hole|
|My turn to drill. You had to watch this drill as it would beat you up if you were not careful.|
|New windlass being installed|
|new motor and gear box|