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New windlass

Our windlass, a Simpson-Lawrence SL-519, has been running fine. While a creature comfort, any electric windlass has some disadvantages;

  • Requires engine to run to operate
  • Manual back-up is painfully slow
  • No feel for how hard the anything is stuck
  • If anything gets stuck and fuse is triggered, it requires  a trip below to reset the fuse
  • Adds to general complication of boat

This got us thinking about a manual double-action, two-geared Simpson-Lawrence SL-555 Sea Tiger. When we happened to stumble on one, brand new (!), from Trafalgar Yacht Services (www.westerly-yachts.co.uk), the project somehow started realizing itself. Especially when we saw from the original drawings of the HR41, that Olle Enderlein had intended the windlass to be located aft of the bow locker; just were we felt it would be better situated (mainly for getting weight aft and a better drop for the chain into the chain locker.


Olle Enderlein, who designed the HR41 in 1975 and more than 120 other boats between 1946 and 1987, intended the windlass to be located just aft of the chain locker


Base for windlass on bowsprit


Epoxying new oversized holes


Fiberglassing new hawse pipe running thru forecabin. The two forward bolts are centered in the bulkhead between the forecabin and bow locker


40mm oak beam glassed in, taking the two aft bolts


Mahogany covering of oak beam and hawse pipe


Removing old base and preparing for new teak planking


Bulkhead thickness increased from ca 15 to 45 mm in order to accommodate washer diameter of forward bolts of windlass. The added plywood, epoxied over with fiber glass, is also glassed to the underside of the deck.


Job finished.


… and then we had to sew a cover.


Sewing practice; covers for wheel, windlass and companionway

First projects with our newly bought sewing machine (Pfaff 138); a cover for the wheel (the old one was of such poor quality that it had worn out already after 35 years…), one for the windlass. and one for the aft companionway. The latter being one of those small things which really make a difference; previously we had always had water entering the aft cabin, both when it rained and when we had the occasional sea entering the cockpit.


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Rebuilding anchor windlass

The electric windlass, a Simpson Lawrence SL519, has been on the boat since 1978. It was quite amazing to disassemble it and find everything inside to be quite fine; just stripping the old chipped paint, clean everything thoroughly, fit a new stainless pin (axle/friction brake) as well as a new drive belt (standard dimensions, ie easy to find), paint and fill with new oil. Made a new rubber gasket when refitting to the bowsprit.  Looks and runs like new!



35 years old – still like new.

SL 519 manual