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Replacing our Anchor Capstan

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Replacing our Anchor Capstan
Shiny & new and almost complete!
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15 years ago we had our Ideal anchor capstan rebuilt and a million miles later once again, it is time to rebuild and rechrome this beautiful piece of equipment.

Step by step photos show why doing it yourself can save you many boat unit$. From start to finish both Alyse and Chris have at least 6 hours in this job, then another 2 hours that we pay a welder. Seems the capstan is stubborn and doesn't want to come out. So we hire a welder to heat the metal, expanding it so it will come apart.

Oh yes! There is a bit more time invested in a short boat ride which we don't add into our total hours since a boat ride is always fun- never considered work! So Sandy Hook takes a run over to the local boatyard where the welder brings his torch set to our bow pulpit and does his thing.

Check out these photos for our version of how to reinstall your anchor capstan in 23 steps or less. Sorry but the before pics are only in our minds eye since the photographer forgot the camera...oops.

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Hooray! the package arrives. A UPS shipping box with 120 lbs of capstan on a hand truck
Red motor & gear box are installed below deck. The chrome stays topside
Rotate the gear box to pour gear oil into housing before installation of gear box.
Unscrew the fill plug
Clean old deck sealant
Place new sealant to prevent sea water intrusion through deck.
Arrange all tools and parts in easy reach. Be careful to prevent items from rolling off deck. The red bucket holds really small parts like the key.
Dont need to go to the gym today. Time to carry this heavy motor aboard into the anchor locker below deck.
We set up the surroundings with cushions and necessary tools nearby before Chris crawls into the anchor locker and Alyse goes back up top to catch the shaft.
Snug the deck bolts.
This may look like it is not in the right order BUT! Alyse uses the pancake as a handle to help lift the motor gear box. Then we can easily align, insert and tighten the bolts and nuts before Chris can come up on deck again.
Apply rubberized antiseize to the sleeved fitting.
Pointing to the shear pin.
Drive plate & shear pin fitting.
Drive plate in place with antiseize.
Shaft key.
Chain gypsy on drive plate. The key is showing.
Cat head with clutch disc.
Pancake in the correct order- onto the cat head for clutch adjustment.
Screwing the pancake down.
Pancake retainer, washer & screw.
Chain stripper in hand.
Chain stripper in place, toward bow. Black rubber foot control for capstan.

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