Pulleys and ropes and handles and cranking and winching and.. and..

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Steve Wright, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Steve Wright
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    Steve Wright Junior Member

    Where is the modern technology??

    Modern worm-drive angle gearboxes, variable-speed variable-torque programmable AC drives, multi-KVA level inverters - it's all cheap as chips now. We can program that winch to limit weight on that sheet with a few options in a menu.

    Just a simple snatch block is $US200. I can buy a three-phase motor and worm gearbox for that money..

    I don't get it. Why are we still doing this the old way?
     
  2. TANSL
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    TANSL Senior Member

    Probably because, among other reasons, there are still some boats that work in the "old way".
     
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  3. M&M Ovenden
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    M&M Ovenden Senior Member

    We just finished making up blocks for our boat - all rope stropped. Old technology with modern materials (dyneema rope, delrin sheaves).... but we can fix them anywhere. Not the same as the equipment you mention. I think that's the reason.

    Mark
     

  4. griffinb
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    griffinb Junior Member

    Also, durability and reliability in a harsh environment.
     
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