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Common Questions

Important information

Bollard/cleat/chain stopper

Please be reminded that the windlass is an anchor retrieval device and NOT a load bearing device. It is not designed to take the force of the boat’s drag. Thus we strongly recommend that once anchored, the rope be tied off to a bollard or cleat. If you are using an all chain set-up, a chain stopper should be installed between the bow roller and windlass. This is imperative for the Breeze 710 series or when running more than 15m of chain.

*SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT*
Inexperienced persons or children MUST NOT operate the windlass. South Pacific takes is not liable for any loss or damage to property or persons as a result of improper operation.

Re: Transition from previous series to PRO series

We will still stock spare parts for the previous series should you require them. However when ordering spare parts it is vital that you specify which series it is for as the parts used (both internal and external) are somewhat different.

 

FAQs – Common queries

What is an anchor windlass?
Basically it’s a device installed at the bow of the boat to lift and drop the anchor. The rope and chain is fed through the chain wheel and winds down into the anchor well.

Relief for your back and hands…no more heavy lifting!

Can I use all-chain?
Yes! All South Pacific windlasses (except the Breeze 710 series) are designed to be able to take all chain.

NOTE! Please refer to the Important Information titled Bollard/cleat/chain stopper

How much storage space is needed below the deck?
The amount of storage space needed depends on the length of your chain and rope set-up. For approximately 30m of rope, the anchor well needs to be a minimum of 40cm in depth.

If the anchor well is not deep enough, the chain and rope will build up very quickly and block the entry. If the storage space cannot be modified to allow for the rope, we recommend reducing the length of the chain and rope set-up.

How thick should the deck be to fit a South Pacific windlass?
This depends on what the material of the deck is:

For aluminium, it needs to be at least 5mm in thickness and for fibreglass it needs to be at least 7mm in thickness. If the thickness is less than that, we recommend reinforcing the deck by attaching plywood or a metal plate under the deck, which will spray the force.


Can I install a South Pacific winch on top of the hatch?
Yes! The hatch is a popular and simple installation spot for the windlass. We recommend attaching plywood under the hatch so to spray the force.

NOTE! Please be reminded that the windlass is an anchor retrieval device and NOT a load bearing device. Both the windlass and hatch are not designed to take the force of the boat’s drag. Thus we strongly recommend that once anchored, the rope be tied off to a bollard or cleat. If you are using an all chain set-up, a chain stopper should be installed between the bow roller and windlass.

How do I maintain a South Pacific windlass?
Regular and proper care of the windlass will ensure long-lasting, excellent performance. There are two simple ways to maintain the windlass:

  • Wash off the salt water and any impurities with fresh water after each use
  • Periodically check the electric joiners and the silicon sealant.

Do I need a bow roller?
Yes! A bow roller is an essential part of your set-up. Please ensure that you select and install a suitable bow roller to support your anchor, chain and rope.

What is the difference between spur gears and worm gears?
There are two types of gears used in windlasses. For most of our windlasses we use spur gears. Spur gears (a.k.a a straight cut gear) achieves greater efficiency (92% ~ 98%) as compared to worm gears (50% ~ 88%).

Can I use more than one control unit?
Yes! Our windlasses and capstans come standard with one control unit, this is a direct control system. However if you wish to use more than one control unit, it’s a simple matter of changing your set up to an indirect control system.

To do this you will need a remote control box (reverse solenoid) and the optional control units. There is a choice of:

  • Up/down switch (SW-031)
  • Hand held switch (HH-005)
  • Foot switch (FS-200)

You can attach as many switches as you like.

NB: The direct control system and indirect control system cannot exist concurrently.


How to splice rope and chain?

STEP 1
Unravelling the end of the rope for about 20 centimetres and secure the end of strands by tape.

STEP 2
Pass three strands through the last link of anchor chain. Untwist the rope to raise a strand just below the tie on the standing part of the rope and insert the middle working strand under it, the~ pull the strand through. Twist the strand to keep it tightly wound as you pull it through.

STEP 3
Take the next working strand on the left. Tuck it under the next strand to the right of the one under which the first strand was tucked Pull it through as before.

STEP 4
Now turn the whole eye over. Take the last strand and make the tuck as before under the only strand on the standing part of the rope not used yet. Now stop and ensure that each working strand bas gone over a strand and under a strand, and that the whole lot is pulled tight and twisted in its natural sense. No two ends should come from under the same strand,

STEP 5
For the remaining rounds of tucks, take each end over one strand and under the next one to the right, in the same order as before.

STEP 6
To finish, pull the ends tight. Cut the excess off with a hot knife. A good way to do this is by heating a butter knife with a butane torch, or a gas stove if handy. This cuts and seals the individual strands resulting in an excellent, frayless finish.

STEP 7
After you’ve spliced the rope to the chain, tie both ends of spliced rope with cable tie to prevent loosing.

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