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Yamaha 33 windlass

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  1. Rick B

    Rick B

    Joined Nov 14, 2008
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    If anyone has an electric windlass installed on their Yamaha 33 could you please describe the model and brand?

    We are considering either a Lofran's Dorado 500 watt with all 1/4 inch chain (300 feet) or a Dorado 700 watt. The Dorado Windlass is a horizontal windlass. We have a maximum depth of chain locker of 16 inches but the actual locker is quite large. I currently have 33 feet 5/16 chain and 250 feet 5/8 double braid, a manual windlass on a quick release platform and a Kellet in the anchor locker. Any opinions would be appreciated!

    Thanks,

    Rick B
     


    Last edited: Jan 30, 2015
  2. timboalogo

    timboalogo

    Joined Mar 22, 2015
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    Yamaha 33 Mk II tall rig
    CA Sidney, BC
    Hi there. Were you ever able to sort out the electric windlass for your 33? We also have a Yamaha 33 and I'd like to install an electric windlass as well as I'm getting any younger. Right now we have 50' of chain (and quite heavy at that, although I forget the exact size) and 200' of rode, with the original Yamaha Danforth-type anchor, all pulled up by hand! It's getting hard....
     


  3. Rick B

    Rick B

    Joined Nov 14, 2008
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    I have decided to go with 1/4 inch high test chain and no nylon. We need 300 feet for our club and I think this will be about 240 pounds. I am considering two possible windlasses. A Lofrans Dorado and a Maxwell HRC 6. They are both horizontal windlasses but the Lofrans has an underdeck motor. I have a manual Lofrans windlass that I bought used for $100 that I use if its deep (50+feet) as we have 33 feet of heavy chain. I can only use the windlass for the rope part but it helps. I made a quick release setup for the manual windlass and the rails (1/4 inch 6061 angle aluminium) I intend to use for the electric windlass. I might possibly use less chain and have 100 feet of rode but I don't think 1/2 inch is strong enough (working load about 1660 pounds) if I need to actually use a lot of scope. I believe the 33 will take this weight forward as the original hull had a 12hp motor up forward. Getting rid of the manual windlass and 250 of wet 5/8 rope with 33 feet 5/16 chain should help! We have a 15Kg Bruce and have been using the current arrangement for 6 years. I'm really feeling now trying to pull the anchor up.

    The reason I decided to go with a horizontal windlass is the lack of depth in the anchor locker. I intend to cut the lid through the middle and secure the forward part with a plinth for the windlass mounted in a cutout in the lid. Hoping my skills are up to it so it doesn't look like a butcher job!

    Haven't bought the windlass yet. Next couple of weeks. If it goes well I might try to post some pictures. If not I'll try to post some anyhow!
     


  4. Rick B

    Rick B

    Joined Nov 14, 2008
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    went to Europe instead

    Oops. Never bought the windlass. Took the famiy on a six week cycle trip down the Rhine instead. Going to cut most of my 5/16 chain off. Just try going with 12 feet instead of 33. With my 33 lb Bruce I figure I"ll be left with 50lbs including shackles instead of 85 lbs. Getting old.
     


  5. Oysterpirate

    Oysterpirate

    Joined Aug 25, 2015
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    Yamaha 33
    US Bellingham
  6. rekkabell

    rekkabell

    Joined Jun 11, 2016
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    Yamaha 33
    Pino ca New Zealand North Saanich



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