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    Lewmar windlass on a 32XX

    Just finished installing a Lewmar 1000 windlass on my 3270.Many thanks for all the inputs received in a number of BOC threads.Here is the result:

    [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/783926=37963-Guindeau 009.jpg[/img]

    The unit is supplied from the engine battery bank with 1/0 tinned copper marine cable:

    [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/783926=37962-Guindeau 006.jpg[/img]

    I routed the cable from under the bathroom sink to the cave and the engine room but also to the bow through the front cabin locker and a plastic tubing installed along the hull:

    [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/783926=37960-Guindeau 002.jpg[/img]

    Total battery cable needed: approximately 95 feet (both ways). I had bought precut length of 50' and have a couple of feet leftover.The main connector is tucked in the front cabin close to the ancher locker but clearly out of it to prevent contact with the chain and water.I did not have any problem fitting 200 feet of 5/16" chain and left some access to knock the pile when necessary:

    [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/783926=37961-Guindeau 004.jpg[/img]

    The deck was drilled as close to the bow as possible and the holes resealed with epoxy resin.I first thought raising the windlass by 2.25 inches (3x3/4' starboard) but the chain was too close to the pulpit and could damage the gelcoat:

    [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/783926=37964-Guindeau 001.jpg[/img]

    Finally I raised it by 3.75 inches (5x3/4") and the season will tell me if I can possibly reduce it to 3":

    [img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/783926=37965-Guindeau 008.jpg[/img]

    For the moment, I have installed the factory supplied switch at the upperhelm but I will soon add some kind of front deck control (remote or otherwise).Overall the wire routing from the stern to the bow and from the flybridge to the bow was the tricky part but I was lucky to get help from a fellow boater who happens to be a retired telephone company worker...Thank you Captain Mike!
    CapMartin, Montr├®al
    "Belle de Dalhousie"
    1986 3270
    Volvo BB225B

    #2
    You could put a strip of starboard on the pulpit under the chain so the chain slides on that. Replace it when it gets ugly, and then you could lower the windlass a little. There is probably going to be alot of strain on such long bolts going through all those spacers.

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      #3
      green650 wrote:
      Y,,... There is probably going to be alot of strain on such long bolts going through all those spacers.
      I was thinking the same thing - any way you can lower that windlass a bit (the more the better)?
      ________________
      1989 Bayliner 3270
      135hp (stock) -> 150hp (Injector pump mod) -> 170 hp (aftercoolers) Hino's
      MMSI 316 021 107
      Past Commander, Seymour Power and Sail Squadron
      Current instructor North Shore Power and Sail Squadron
      Rear Commodore BYC

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        #4
        CapMartin, have you talked to others with the same Lewmar windlass? I have been looking at the 700 and 1000 freefall windlasses, but in some of the reviews I saw people were not very pleased. Complaints focused on water leaks into the motor housing. Hopefully those complaints were not representative. I have a winch on my long term wish list.

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          #5
          I have a Lewmar wench on the bow of my 3870 and it is mounted flat on the deck. I am having no problem with the chain rubbing the deck. For me this unit works like a charm. The only problem I have is the chain piles up under the wench and the admiral has to push it out of the way. Any one have a trick to stop this from happening?

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          • Old_Man_With_A_Boat
            Editing a comment
            I posted a photo of what I did in another post. Put a three and a half inch hole in the bottom of the chain locker right under where the chain drops. Put a three and a half inch hole in the top of the storage space at the head of the bed that was not being used. Put a four inch PVC pipe between them and now I don't have any problem with chain stacking up.

          #6
          I wish I could still see the pictures posted. I'm thinking of installing a windlass on my 3270 Motoryacht. Bought a 1986 this October. Curious about the way it mounts and how the line runs as the locker is to the right of center looking towards the bow on my boat. Guess I have to feed it in by hand as it winches up. Not very deep either. Missing the radar arch too but Ive never seen an old one for sale

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            #7
            I will try to repost the pictures sometimes tonight or tomorrow.
            CapMartin, Montr├®al
            "Belle de Dalhousie"
            1986 3270
            Volvo BB225B

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            • donnyprice
              donnyprice commented
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              Thanks !!!!!!

            #8
            Originally posted by Kåre_L View Post
            CapMartin, have you talked to others with the same Lewmar windlass? I have been looking at the 700 and 1000 freefall windlasses, but in some of the reviews I saw people were not very pleased. Complaints focused on water leaks into the motor housing. Hopefully those complaints were not representative. I have a winch on my long term wish list.
            I have had a 1000 free fall for more than 10 years and love it. No issues however will not work well with all chain. I have chain and rode.
            John McLellan White Rock BC
            "Halifax Jack"
            1999 2855 383 stroker BII
            MMSI 316004337

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              CapMartin, Montr├®al
              "Belle de Dalhousie"
              1986 3270
              Volvo BB225B

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              • donnyprice
                donnyprice commented
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                Thank you !

              • O1dSoldier
                O1dSoldier commented
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                So I was looking at the top of the hanging locker to see how it can be removed since I plan to do something similar. How on earth did you get to the screws all the way in the back?

              #10
              HO! HO! HO!
              CapMartin, Montr├®al
              "Belle de Dalhousie"
              1986 3270
              Volvo BB225B

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                #11
                CapMartin I assume you ran the windlass wiring through the cabinet in the head some how? Did you have to cut access holes? I have the same project coming up and am very interested in how you ran the wire from the stern through to the windlass.

                Paul
                US Army (Retired), Federal Way, WA

                1990 Bayliner 3288 - the "Janna Lea"
                MMSI: 338181912

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                  #12
                  We started under the bathroom sink for both routes fore and aft.
                  Going aft we ended up in the cave and along the hull through and above the firewall and the starboard tank.
                  It was easy reaching the bow by the front cabin locker. I used electrical plastic tubing from the hardware store to bring it close to the chain locker.
                  I just had to remove and slightly cut the cabin locker top to fit the tubing.
                  I did not need to cut an access door although I know some people did open the base of the sitting area in the shower.
                  I had help from a friend who is retired from a telephone company. Sure knows how to drive wires in tight spots...


                  CapMartin, Montr├®al
                  "Belle de Dalhousie"
                  1986 3270
                  Volvo BB225B

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                  • O1dSoldier
                    O1dSoldier commented
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                    Thanks. I'll have to take another look and see if I can get it done without adding an opening in the head.

                  #13
                  I finally got my windlass mounted.

                  I removed my bow pulpit last summer. It was delaminating and I thought it better to shorten the boat two feet and rework the railing than rebuild the thing. I like the new look though even with the windlass pushed back as far as possible there is little room between the windlass and end of the chain swivel. Once a shackle is added between the anchor and swivel it's all about 6 inches long. I built a starboard platform very similar to yours to get the windlass to the right height. I ended up with about 3 inches to get the anchor and chain horizontal to the windlass. I mounted foot switches on the bow and the up-down rocker switch on the fb but i added an on-off switch ahead of the rocker switch to help ensure no accidents happen.

                  This weekend I plan to run the wiring from the fb down to the lower helm where it'll meet up with the power wires. I don't know if I'll have time to run all the wiring to the bow this weekend.

                  On thing I have not settled on is fastening the (all chain) rode directly or adding a short piece of rope rode between the end of the chain and the mounting loop. I've read that when you have an all chain rode it's still not a bad idea to have a short section of rope so in an emergency you can let it all out and cut away the whole thing. I can't imagine finding myself in that position but I suppose better safe than sorry. Anyone have an opinion?

                  Paul
                  US Army (Retired), Federal Way, WA

                  1990 Bayliner 3288 - the "Janna Lea"
                  MMSI: 338181912

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                    #14
                    Thanks for the update. Not a bad idea to add a safety switch ahead of the rocker switch.
                    CapMartin, Montr├®al
                    "Belle de Dalhousie"
                    1986 3270
                    Volvo BB225B

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                      #15
                      I meant to ask how you fastened the conduit to the side of the hull. Also did you heat it or anything to bend it to the shape of the hull as it runs along the v-berth?

                      Paul
                      US Army (Retired), Federal Way, WA

                      1990 Bayliner 3288 - the "Janna Lea"
                      MMSI: 338181912

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