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Royboy posted 05-04-2007 05:20 PM ET (US)   Profile for Royboy   Send Email to Royboy  
West Marine has a 2000-lb capacity electric winch on sale for $87. How good can such a winch be? I'm not fit to do much cranking for a while as my sternum heals from open heart surgery, so I'm thinking this might be a nice cheap way to avoid the strain. The unit is made by Master Lock, which has some good products, but it seems like these things should cost considerably more. Too good to be true? ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=10001&classNum=760& subdeptNum=642&storeNum=17&productId=243911


Chuck Tribolet posted 05-04-2007 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
If nothing else, it will last until you heal, then put the
hand crank back on.


Buckda posted 05-04-2007 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Roy -

Give me a call. I have two winches, One does not work, the other does, that I can give to you for free (well, the cost of driving across the state to pick them up).


contender posted 05-04-2007 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
If you are going through the trouble to purchase a new winch remove one and replace it buy a good one. Why hurt yourself for a couple of bucks. Buy a good one and use it and do not worry...good luck
jimh posted 05-05-2007 12:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Buy the one you really want the first time. It is cheaper in the long run.
asrubin posted 05-05-2007 06:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for asrubin  Send Email to asrubin     
Just put the same one on for my 13, works perfect. No problems as of yet.
good luck
Yiddil posted 05-05-2007 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Havinghad the sametype of surgery last year, I an say it will take youmore than ayear for your sterum to heal...may take up to three...

I have pain still after the open heart and tumor removal last year JAn. I never got a wench (electric) I just got some help here and there, and Im pretty carefull and do things like uppewr body stuff carefully......

lthough My surgery wasbitydifferent, the in and out was the same, and I still have lumps in my chest that movearound and cause discomfort a year later...but then again........

I here standing and breathing....Be well:) HenryAKA THE YIDDIL

Royboy posted 05-05-2007 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
Having had the same type of surgery last year, I can say it will take you more than a year for your sterum to heal...may take up to three...

Henry, you're full of good news!

Seriously, I'm still finding out the odd movements that hurt. I don't actually know about cranking yet, but it SEEMS like it might hurt. So far, it doesn't seem like they sewed anything up in there that didn't belong, like a claw hammer or a bottle brush or something, but then, I'm not doing much yet.

Ichthus is going to be in a slip for a couple of months, starting next week, so I won't have to worry about cranking right away, unless I want to pull her out for some maintenance.


jenkinsph posted 05-06-2007 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for jenkinsph  Send Email to jenkinsph     
I want to say that Walmart had these winches for 59.99
or close to it. Bought one and used it to pull a car on
an equipment trailer. The winch worked fine but as a precaution I made sure everyone was out of the way of the car and the cable!


Yiddil posted 05-06-2007 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Roy...You will be fine, just take your time and be careful..

The help worked fine for me...and even two weeks ago, I splashed Das BOat with the help of my lady and was carefull not to strain the upper body stuff:)

Its a painworth excepting cause when you get that puppy running, your eyes will swell up and youl be glad your alive no matter the pain:)

Heck, If I sit to long at my desk, I hurt in my chest...for some weird reason...or if I drive more than 2 I just dont! hehe

Funny though..I cna pick up 50 lbs of dog food, carry a canoe to the water...and all manor of weird stuff...

But I have lumps, bones me thinks that are sewn together that move and hurt at the base of my sternum...and yes, its a pain...but

The alternatives are worse....GO WHAlering and thank someone upstairs your alive to do it!!!

My Very Best, HEnry AKA THE YIDDIL

Royboy posted 05-12-2007 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
You're spot-on Henry; I splashed Ichthus yesterday on Lake Erie and it was splendid. It was glassy calm so I was able to open her up and grin like a fool all the way to my favorite fishing grounds. We caught a couple, and nothing I did caused me any pain.

I'm nearly cured!


Bridgedeck posted 05-13-2007 05:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bridgedeck  Send Email to Bridgedeck     
I just removed that same exact winch from my trailer. With a sledge hammer. current=bottomjob.jpg
Royboy posted 05-13-2007 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
I can see that it didn't hold up very well to the sledge hammer test. Would it be safe to assume that you found the performance of this unit lacking in some way?


Bridgedeck posted 05-14-2007 01:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bridgedeck  Send Email to Bridgedeck     
It didnt work at all. And it had no way to open it up to look at the problem. And since it had been welded to the trailer in a very bad way, I removed it to put my hand crank one from my old rusted trailer on for immediate use. I would call it a "Bic" winch. Disposable. When it breaks you throw it away rather than fix it. Maybe that's what they are all like these days? I would just make sure it has the hand crank just in case when you are sitting there at the launch when the thing stops working. This one had some crank terribly welded on that didnt work either.

By the way, just for fun I decided to see if it would work after it's "technical tap", and of course it did. As well as a crumpled up pile of parts, laying in the driveway, could be expected to work anyway.

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