The Windlass Is Comming Together

Erin and I took this past weekend off and went to the mountains of Tennessee to visit my grandparents.  We had a wonderful, relaxing time.  It is always such a refuge and my grandparents are truly amazing people who I really enjoy spending time with.  Plus check out the view from the kitchen window:

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I grew up going to visit and this view of the mountains is iconic for me.  I must have photographed it over 1,000 times over the years.

The parts that I ordered from Nilsson in New Zealand arrived today and that gave me the needed boost to resume work on the windlass!  Here are the new parts that we were waiting on:

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I cannot speak highly enough about James Nilsson Winchmakers LTD.  The parts were just what I needed and they arrived quite fast.

With all the parts on hand I felt good about putting everything back together again in preparation for installation through the deck (whenever that may be). The gearbox calls for 00 semi fluid gearbox grease which can be purchased through Nilsson or at your local lawn mower repair shop as it turns out.  I filled the gearbox up a little more than half way with the 00 grease.

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I then removed the shaft seal from the gearbox cover and while it was out took the time to clean up the box and scrape the old paint off.  This was probably the hardest part of the whole ordeal, the paint really did not want to come off!

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A new seal was part of the order from Nilsson and I found some rather difficult to find stainless steel machine screws to replace the old corroded ones.

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I still need to clean up the metal to prep for painting but here is everything back together with new stainless steel nuts on the underside as well:

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For fun more than anything else, I am cleaning up all of the above deck bronze as well:

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I can’t wait to see it all together on the boat!!


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