is possible to convert any of the H2/3, Concept / Ocean 1/2/3 and V2/3/4/5
range deck units to, or from a Gypsy Capstan. The deck unit will have to be
removed from the deck in order to change the main drive shaft.
Yes, Lewmar make a range of different size gypsies
that will handle a wide range of good quality, calibrated chain. Check the
rope/chain chart in the windlass section of the catalogue or your windlass
manual for the correct rope/chain and gypsy match.
Yes, All of Lewmar’s High volume ranges of products
take rope and chain in the gypsy. The gypsy’s are design to take a range of
chains and ropes without the need to remove the rope or chain from the gypsy
during recovery. This means you can use a spliced rode effortlessly,
reducing both weight and cost of the rode. Check the rope/chain chart in the
windlass section of the catalogue or your windlass manual for the correct
rope/chain and gypsy match.
Lewmar recommends a premium quality, windlass
grade, medium lay, 3-strand nylon rope or a premium multi-plait nylon anchor
rode. There are many different rode applications based upon windlass, anchor
size, rode length and the anchor locker's depth and volume. For a list of
recommended rode choices for your Lewmar windlass please see
"Choosing an Anchor Rode"
Lewmar’s range of windlasses allows the drum to be
operated separately from the gypsy (independent warping). Once the primary
rode is secured, the clutch nut can be slackened off ½ a turn. Now when the
windlass is operated, only the drum will turn. This means that you can use
the drum when docking or for a secondary rope only rode.
Yes, all Lewmar windlasses have a manual free fall
function as standard. To free fall the anchor, you simply manually undo the
top nut half a turn. This releases the gypsy allowing it to free wheel. You
can control the speed or stop the descent by re-tightening the top nut. Some
of the larger windlasses with brake bands fitted work slightly differently.
Please consult the manual for free fall operation.
Most Lewmar windlasses have a manual recovery
option however the method varies across the product ranges. Some Lewmar
windlasses have built in manual recovery and others require an emergency
manual recovery kit. Please consult your windlass manual for clarification.
Yes. V700, V1/2/3/4 /5 & H2/3, come with magnet and
sensor fitted as standard. In most cases older Lewmar windlasses are
pre-drilled to take magnets and sensors. Lewmar have a range of chain
counters for use with our windlasses, please see
It is not and easy job to fit an internal sensor to
the Pro-Series / Fish windlass but it is easy enough to fit an external
sensor up under the gypsy.
Yes. Lewmar have recently added a 3 button windlass
& 5 button windlass / thruster wireless remote to its range. These can be
used on any windlass / thruster that is operated via a solenoid. The
wireless remote is simply wired in parallel with the standard switch.
Yes. But you would have to purchase and fit a
solenoid & rocker switch. Some of the small Lewmar / Simpson & Lawrence
products are supplier without a solenoid. These units have the windlass
power switched directly through a high current toggle switch. The high
current toggle switch should be removed and replaced with a solenoid &
rocker switch. The wireless remote can then be wired to the solenoid in
parallel with the rocker switch. We have created a kit that includes a
solenoid (0052531), rocker switch (68000593) and instruction sheet. Kit part
number is 66000652
Yes. Lewmar recommends that when mooring, the rode
is attached to a suitable strong point. If using a rope / chain rode then
the rope should be tied off to a cleat or suitable strong point. If using a
chain only rode then a chain stopper should be used. If the load is left on
the windlass during mooring, shock loads could lead to damage of rode or the
windlass. With rope rodes left under load in the gypsy the rope can get
jammed into the gypsy causing damage to the stripper & rode when next
operated. There is also a risk that the clutch nut could come loose causing
the boat to slip its mooring. For our range of chain stoppers, please see
Fall safe is a safety feature we have added to our
new products. It is used in two ways. When the anchor is stowed, Fall-safe
should be engaged to stop accidental deployment of the anchor. For
windlasses not fitted with Fall-safe, an anchor safety strap or similar
should be used. Fall-safe pawl should also be engaged during manual recovery
to act as a ratchet.