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Keith Silliman posted 10-07-2002 05:52 AM ET (US)   Profile for Keith Silliman  
I need to replace the winch on my EZ-Loader bunk trailer, used with my Montauk. I believe I currently have a Fulton with 1,800 lbs. capacity. One of the teeth broke off, rendering it inoperative. I think I would like something a little more substantial, but still hand-cranked. Any suggestions?

I notice some winches do not include a strap. How is the strap connected to the winch? Can I reuse the strap I have on the existing winch (it's 3 seasons old)?

Thank you.

ShrimpBurrito posted 10-07-2002 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Keith - You can buy replacement Fulton winches at places like West Marine & Boater's World. I would get one with at least as much capacity as your old one - 1800 lbs for a Montauk should be fine. You might like one that operates in both directions. They're especially helpful if you have a tilt trailer, and you're launching your boat at a very steep ramp or in your yard.

Using your 3-year old strap should also be fine, as long as it looks ok. There is likely a bolt that goes through the winch wheel near the center of the axle. It will pass through a loop at the end of the strap, holding it in place.

Keith Silliman posted 10-07-2002 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Keith Silliman    
ShrimpB:

Thanks for the reply. I ordered a 2,600 lb. two way Fulton with a hand brake and a new strap. Not worth stressing over the strap ($11.).

Keith

lhg posted 10-07-2002 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I had one of the hand brake winches on my 25 Outrage trailer, and hated the thing (the handbrake mechanism, that is). It's a pain, and always made a scaping sound. 2600lb sounds like a bit of overkill on a Montauk. One of those handles my 25 with ease.

For my money, D&L makes the best winch.

If you want the "mother of all winch straps", one that will not break on you, get the new yellow ultra heavy duty type. I went to the Walmart auto section, and picked up one of the car towing straps (they come in varying lengths), and modified it for the trailer. They come with either hooks at each end, or twisted loops at each end. With the loop style, you can install a shackle and hook of your choosing, while the loop alone works at the winch end. Your fears of strap failure will be over.

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