Why is this page here and not on the WOA website?Recently the Westsail Owners' Association website was moved to a new server that would allow the site to be more easily updated and maintained. While the basic content was successfuly transferred into the new site, a new Forum was started from scratch and the old Forum was converted to a collection of 41 PDF documents.
Most of the Westsails are somewhere around 35 years old. They were well-built boats and most of the boats that were built are still sailing today... many half way 'round the world. But like all classic sailboats, they will all have problems over time, and most of the problems are relatively similar from boat to boat. There's a fair degree of likelihood that any problem that might come up has already been tackled by another owner. It's also fairly likely that the solution is buried somewhere in the archives of the Forum.
Long ago, I started downloading and archiving the entire Westsail.org website, with periodic refreshes. I did this mainly because I wanted a localized version of the site that I could access while cruising remote corners of the world, with limited access to the Internet. Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, has been the major improvement in my ability to search more than 11,000 posts efficiently.
It's likely that the old forum data could have been integrated with the new application, creating one contiguous and searchable source of information. But this would have required substantial programming and data manipulation and the decision was made by the WOA to take the current course. I therefore created this application as a means to preserve the seven years worth of resources that I consider to be incredibly valuable information for current and future Westsail owners. I hope you find it as useful as I have.
1975 Westsail 32, Hull #438
Thread: "S-L Hyspeed Windlass"
12,268 posts on 2,444 threads • From Mar 07, 2004 - Jan 08, 2012
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S-L Hyspeed Windlass
I just purchased an ABI windlass and am selling the Simpson Lawrence Hyspeed that was on the boat. It is good working order, and we just put a fresh coat of paint on it. The internal chain was replaced about four anchorings ago and it has been kept well oiled. It has the standard "multi-size" wildcat/gypsy on it and will work with 5/16" and 3/8" chain.
The only problem is that two of the mounting holes are cracked, with one missing the outer area. We used an extra large fender washer and it was held firmly in place. If someone wanted, this could be fairly easily fixed by a welder or with JB Weld.
I'm including a 3' stainless handle and a copy of the manual.
Asking $450 on ebay, but I'll sell it for $400 + shipping to a WOA member.
To view photos, visit:
SL Hyspeed Windlass
There are other things in that folder that are also for sale. The $400 just includes the windlass and a copy of the manual.
Thanks for your interest!
Michael and Melinda Everett
Anyone know how close the mounting holes for the Hyspeed are to the Sea Tiger 555?
The previous owner sold that unit before I aquired the boat and I still have the holes through the deck.
How do the 2 units compare?
I don't know about the footprint difference. The 555 is a beefier windlass with an all-gear drive. They're proportionately more expensive though.
The Hyspeed doesn't have as much hauling power, but one shouldn't be using a manual windlass to pull the boat around anyway. It has plenty of umph for pulling an anchor and chain up.
Let me know if you're interested in it. It's also on ebay, starting at $375.
The highspeed (510 or 9510)is a single speed windlass. The 555 is a two speed windlass.
The hole patterns are different. The Highspeeed has a pattern of 3-3/4" x 8-3/8". The 555 has a pattern of 5-3/4 x 11-3/4".