POWERWINCH
Model 2203B
(Not a current production model)
Completely rebuilt 12V Horizontal Windlass with Wildcat
This is a wildly well built unit. I have never seen so much machine work in one winch!!!

About the chain whelp:
1) Accepts 3/8" PC (Proof Coil) chain. This chain is 1/2 the price of BBB Chain and is a lot easier to find in galvanized locally.
2) The marine grade bronze whelp itself is made in two halves that are bolted together and fitted with double dial pins.
3) There are thick brake disc on each side of the help, compressed by pressure plates operated by the hand wheel with sealing o-ring and three piece stainless steel needle bearing thrust washer assembly that is recessed into the outer pressure plate.
4) The chain whelp can be manually operated with a short round bar or pipe/tube, through a sprag clutch instead of the more common (and cheaper) ratchet mechanism.
5) Full free fall on the chain by loosening the handwheel.
6) Has never had a chain in it. The boat it was on did not have any chain.
7) The chain whelp will turn any time the motor is running unless the wildcat (hand wheel) is loosened. If the anchor is up and it is desired to use the cathead for assistance in docking, then the chain can be secured in a chain grab and the hand wheel loosened up, then the motor can be run turning the cathead only.

About the cathead:
1) Quality marine brass cathead is polished to a high gloss and is virtually flawless.
2) Turns with the motor at all times the motor is on.
3) It is operated by a sprag clutch also, so that it cannot turn backwards at any time.
4) Also can be operated manually, the same way the chain whelp is operated manually.
5) Cathead can be turned "ahead" of the motor. In other words, if you were to wrap a rope around this cathead, you could pull on the loose end of the rope and the cathead would turn freely in the direction that it normally would turn if the motor had been running. Then, when all the slack is out of the line, you can activate the motor switch to let it continue with the hard work. This ability is done via a second sprag clutch and is known as "over-running", you will not see this often in a production windlass, it is an expensive option.

About the case:
The housing of the gearbox is hard anodized aluminum. The treatment is harder than the aluminum it would appear. The surface was treated with a white epoxy paint that was in great shape and remains under the new primer and white paint. The case has one stainless plug for oil level and fill. The motor shaft enters the unit fairly high up and drives through a sealed support bearing (single row ball) and a single lip oil seal, which is new. The case will hold quite a bit of oil and will continue to splash oil, through the primary bull gear, until it is very low in the case. This ability to splash the oil well will make the winch a lot more reliable than others, especially if run low on oil. The motor support is also hard anodized and machined with dial pins for alignment. The support is fastened to the case with six each stainless bolts and locks. The motor inputs through a pinion and bull gear set, which are both spur gears, going into an additional gear set which is a worm reduction. The compound gearing really makes for a high load capacity. Similar size range winches in Lofrans for instance only have single reduction gear sets. Internally, there are two more sets of thrust washer assemblies, one on the worm gear and one on the worm shaft. these three piece stainless steel washer sets provide for excellent load control and thrust absorption. All of the gears are 100% with no wear or corrosion at all.

There is at least three times more machine work in this one winch than similar sized windlasses selling for $4500 and up. This unit also employs the use of much better materials and finishes also. It is almost entirely stainless, brass, bronze or aluminum. Parts of the motor and several woodruff keys are the only steel parts in it!!! Please take a look at the photos below. I have it shown completely apart, and finished, so that you can get an idea of what I am talking about when I say it is clean, well designed, well built and uses the best materials possible.

It is in excellent shape showing very little signs of ever having been used. I have inspected the areas that are contacted by the lip seals and they show no wear. I have inspected the motor armature and it shows no wear. The shafts fit perfectly in the bronze bushings with no wear or scratches at all. The sprags show no wear, not even the pins. The chain whelp has never had a chain in it. The cathead is as smooth as it has ever been in it's life and does not look to have been used either. The brake discs are exactly like brand new and the brass pressure plates are perfect with no dectectable turning marks as to the disc material. The barring pockets of the manual sprag clutch are perfect, with no sign the winch was ever operated manually.

The unit was filled with Shell Omala 460 gear oil (AGMA 7) and bench tested. RPM's (at no load) is 56. The circumference of the cathead was measured and found to be 9 5/8", therefore 45' of rope will be hauled in each minute (at no load). Each revolution will also haul in 5 links of chain (3/8" Proof Coil). There are about 8.2 links of chain in a foot of 3/8PC, so therefore 34 feet of chain will be hauled each minute (no load speed rating).

Some dimensions:
Base bolt hole pattern: 6 7/8" (port to starboard), 6 1/8" (bow to stern)
Base holes (4 each) are .513" diameter. Base plate is .503" thick.
Base measures 8" x 8" at max. dimension. Max length (bow to stern) is 16". Max width (port to starboard is 17").
Height (at points of cleat) is 10". Handwheel is 7.75" in diameter. The end of the cathead is 4.5" diameter.

Please take a look at the photos below. They represent a sample of what I have taken of this winch. Email me if you'd like to get some more photos of the unit, either assembled or in parts.

This winch is currently available for $4,500 but may be pulled if I purchase a houseboat.

Currently, it is located in the warehouse of our Broussard, LA yard at 5917 Hwy 90 East (70518).
Contact Jac Cloutier at www.triplecmarine.com or 985-384-9517 cloutier@petronet.net

*SPECIAL NOTE*
This was a project I saved for a couple of weeks until my daughter had spring break at her school. She really likes "building things". I got it all torn down, cleaned up, inventoried the parts and I pre-ordered the three new lip seals for it. She came to work with Daddy one day during her break and helped me to assemble it. I was especially glad that it was a small winch with lots of clean parts that were just her size so that she could get some real "hands-on". It was a plus to be able to show her what quality craftsmanship is supposed to look like! Made in America!! (I think she was more excited when the ice cream man passed though).

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