Windlass for Dummies: Not Such a Simple Installation

I have the opposite writing problem from some other bloggers:  instead of needing inspiration and looking for things to write about, I have too much right now and have to slow down to organize and get it right.  Today I bought a new book on blogging that did inspire me, I keyed in on some of the advice: write what inspires YOU and write what you would want to see in a published article.   I like that, going to try to write more that way.  Getting back into my Windlass project (this is the second part of the series),,,,,it wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought it would be, because of the existing hole and deck structure.  Continue reading

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I think it’s getting easier to actually go to CrossFit, knowing the punishment that’s about to occur.  But I gotta be honest, I feel like a bit of a troll still because I haven’t worked up to the full weight or reps that most of the other guys are doing.  Worrying about it is kind of silly as I just joined, but it’s still a concern.  I’ve drank the coolaid though and I’m sticking with it.  An hour of my time for 3 days per week is something I can handle, as I’m giving myself rest days.  I’m still sore, but working into it.

What kind of things are YOU doing to make yourself better?

Project Windlass For Dummies (like me)

Ever since we bought Tulum 5 in February, we knew we were probably going to have to update the Windlass on our sailboat, but had no idea the project would be so massive.  On most any sizable boat a Windlass is the mechanical system that hauls the chain or rope or combination of the two (rode) up from the ocean floor and back onto the boat or ship.  On most cruising sailboats that Windlass is powered by a 12-volt system (meaning batteries) but you often find generator powered Windlass’s on larger boats (110-volt systems).  When we bought Tulum 5, both the bow and stern Windlass systems were powered by 110-volt systems, meaning we would have to be running the generator in order for our Windlass to work.  In my little mind, this isn’t an ideal system, especially with my generator not functioning right now or since we’ve bought Tulum 5.  After I moved onto the boat permanently in July of this year, I knew the Windlass was one of my priorities and tackled the project in mid-July.  We did not start out wanting a new Windlass.  We listened to the advice of our broker and surveyor who both said we could take the current (existing) Windlass motor off the boat (it was 110-volt) and have places in San Diego, National City or Chula Vista re-spin the innards of the motor to make it compatible with 12-volt power.  I spent the better part of an entire two days on the phone and lugging that old motor around to various shops in the local area trying to find someone who could actually do this…..to no avail.  First point of caution here…..if you’re looking to the do the same thing, take the advice with a grain of salt.  We were unable to find anyone who would or could re-spin that 1978 Windlass motor to make it a 12-volt system.

The original 1977 Windlass on Tulum 5, all 284 pounds of it under the cover.

So the next decision was what to do:  Reinstall the motor to the windlass or we could decide to buy a modern, lighter, more energy-efficient 12-volt Windlass.  We decided to buy and install a new Windlass.  After my research, knowing our chain size, boat weight and length and intended use of the Windlass as well as price variations; we settled on the Maxwell 2500 VWC variant.  Once purchased, we had to worry about getting the old Windlass out and the new one in.  I’m going to discuss the process via a series of 5 different posts “For Dummies” like myself, but sufficient to say it didn’t go like I thought it would.

First, we had to get the old Windlass out.  This wasn’t that hard, but the thing was a monster and I think it contributed to my messed up back and neck.

Old Windlass, without 40 pound motor, on the deck before two of us hauled it off the boat.  This was the portion in the chain locker, not on top of the deck. 

In the beginning of August, the new windlass came in. 

The new Maxwell was shiny new and I couldn’t wait to get it out of the box….but it had to sit on the deck till I was done with all the rest of this stuff. 

Despite the old Windlass being out and off the boat, I still had to deal with the teak pedestal and the iron plate that it had sat on top of….custom made of course.

In my naive mind (attributed to my youth of course) I dicked around a few days with the iron plate, thinking I could cut a hole or drill it out enough to make it work.  It didn’t

Come read the rest of my 5-part series on installing this new Windlass by myself (except for a critical assist by a friend) and custom woodwork at the end of the project. If you like my “For Dummies” series about working on an aging sailboat…..keep following us cause I’m the dummy and I’m working on an aging sailboat to get her ready for extended blue-water cruising with my family in late 2019.

181010- Back to CrossFit

I took a week and a half off from CrossFit after I visited the chiropractor and realized how OFF my back and neck really were; plus I got sick at the same time (which I expected).  After several sessions with the chiropractor and a great deep tissue massage, things started to click again.  I missed Friday due to getting the boat ready for a weekend of anchoring out and then I missed Monday.  But my old ass showed up again today, much to the surprise (I’m sure) of the staff.  But they’re really awesome and I integrated right back in.  I think I was about 90% today…..but I used less weight than the  “normal” mens workout and I’m still trying to learn to keep my back straight when prescribed.  But I feel SOOO much better mentally for going back and I’ve made a commitment to keep at it-

If I can go start knocking out CrossFit with my old and broken down body….you can too.

Quincy the Boat Great Dane gets 5-Minutes of Fame

We were out shopping for screws and epoxy at one of the boat stores when Hotwife got bored and started perusing “the Log” newspaper; only to discover Quincy the Boat Great Dane on Page 16 with a caption and a shout-out with our Blog Name.   If you’re in Southern California, grab the Oct 5th issue of “the Log” newspaper and take a look at Quincy the Great Dane.  Here’s the picture in the paper, one of the first ones I took of her standing on the bow, her first day on Tulum 5.

First Day, First Meal on the Boat-

More coming out this week as we’ve been out adventuring as a family.  When that happens, I usually either don’t have internet or don’t have time to write.  We’re watching Hurricane Michael closely and all of our friends who are near the panhandle area or have connections there are in our thoughts and prayers-

Here’s your parting shot:  

I thought putting Quincy the Great Dane on Instagram in all of her moods on the boat would be a neat thing that would attract followers and generate good publicity.  It worked.  I attracted a few followers and generated publicity, but it also distracted me from what I want to put my time into….my blog.  So I’ve permanently erased the Instagram account…hoping people can get their daily or weekly Great Dane fix by just reading or looking at the blog.  So click on…you’ll get some great moods of Quincy-  Continue reading

Quincy the Boat Dog and her Photos