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Boathouse Winch

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Postby island » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:56 pm


Quite different from the winch used to lift boats this winch was used to pull the boat up the launchway. It had two modes of operation. The power mode was with the small gear on the right on the top drive shaft contacting the large gear on the drum. This was used when pulling up the boat. For the fast mode for winding up the rope with no load attached the drive shaft would be moved to the left so that the large drive gear contacted the small gear of the drum. The fast mode might also be used to pull up the boat but would generally require two people operating the winch.

The winch in this photo was used for many years at in the boathouse at Whitehead Light Station but was removed during the Coast Guard years nd replaced by a gasoline powered winch and later electric when the light station was connected to mainland power. Guess what happened during power outages? It was block and tackle, the same method used years before this old winch was installed.
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:11 am


I shudder to think what that piece of equipment would look like with today's Health and Safety regulations. No doubt these would require all moving parts to be covered to prevent coat tails, hands, arms or any other body part or clothing, from becoming caught in the cogs.
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