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Old 05-22-2016   #11
 
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Nice thanks for the input!
Hearing some advocates for the hand winches
Anyone out there have any experience usng an eletric?

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Old 05-22-2016   #12
 
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why does everybody prefer the strap winch to the cable?
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Old 05-22-2016   #13
 
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Cables become frayed after a while- and those metal threads that comprise the cable are sharp.

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Old 05-22-2016   #14
 
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I'll try to address your questions since I have a similar setup. I have a 2 speed, 2500 lb winch. My deck is 36" above ground and my winch axle is 30 inches above the deck. I have it mounted on top of a 3"x 2" piece of steel square tubing welded to my trailer's tongue and mounted at an angle. This post does double duty as a mount for my winch and a spare tire holder. I thought about making it removable, but I haven't because I was worried about the winch getting stolen. I want to put a motorcycle carrier on he tongue. That will be pretty crowded. If I have to I might end up cutting it off above the tire, welding in a post to allow me to remove it and pin it in place.

The extra height above the deck doesn't shine when floating a boat on. It shines when loading a boat on from the ground. The bow of the boat goes a few feet above the deck until the equilibrium point of the raft clears the roller bar and then the bow comes down onto the deck. Then winching gets a lot easier.

I almost always winch in high gear unless the boat is loaded heavy for camping or my wife or kids is doing the cranking. The 2 speed is nice because you have high gear for speed but the low for when you are heavy, or trying to get the bow onto the deck. I have only used the brake when the raft caught and we had to back it up. That winch handle spins so fast it can hurt your arm.

I use a rope instead of a cable or webbing. No real reason except I already had the rope. I spliced a hook on. The rope has to be watched so it doesn't get caught in the teeth of the gears. If I could be sure that webbing would go 8-10' past the back of my trailer, I would probably switch. That hook and rope make nervous if the rope broke while cranking.
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Old 05-22-2016   #15
 
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Nice thanks for all that,
So I'm gathering you are satisfied with this arrangement and don't wish you had a bigger winch or an electric one? it doesn't take you all day crank that thing up onto the trailer when it is loaded and you have to use the low gear? How big is your boat?
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Nice thanks for all that,
So I'm gathering you are satisfied with this arrangement and don't wish you had a bigger winch or an electric one? it doesn't take you all day crank that thing up onto the trailer when it is loaded and you have to use the low gear? How big is your boat?

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Here is my daughter winching it on in high gear. It's plenty fast. Low gear is slower, but it's so much easier to turn the crank that your arm can move a lot faster. It's not too slow. In all honesty, we are fast on the ramp. We don't derig. We load up and leave, fully rigged. Same for launching.

I thought about electric but this is faster, doesn't need batteries, more theft resistant, and really more dependable. This winch is pretty big, my other daughter who is 8 and weighs 52 pounds has winched it on fully loaded. It's a 16 footer.

I would say I am extremely satisfied with my setup. The only thing I am thinking of changing is to a dyneema winch rope or webbing.


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Old 07-26-2016   #17
 
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I use my 3 to 1 z drag to get my mini drifter into my trailer solo . Works fine for a multi use trailer & is always fun to play with rigging setups.
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I use my 3 to 1 z drag to get my mini drifter into my trailer solo . Works fine for a multi use trailer & is always fun to play with rigging setups.
How fun! I bet it keeps your skills sharp if you need to set up a z drag in an emergency situation fast.
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