13 years ago
I'd be grateful for some ideas on my latest possible project.
I've been asked at my sailing club whether it would be possible to have
a winch to pull boats up the slipway. The boats in question are patrol
boats with outboard motors and probably weigh about 500 pounds. The
slipway is about 1 in 8 at its steepest part and it normally takes three
people to pull the boats up the slipway.
There is no mains electricity available and it needs to be mobile as
there are two slipways. I've considered a winch as used on 4*4s but the
recovery rate is tiny and the current demand in huge.
I have been wondering about a petrol powered winch - my initial thoughts
were to use a cylinder lawn mower - remove the blades and modify the
roller to reduce the diameter and use that as the winch. I'm not sure
whether that would be sufficiently low geared for the steepest bits.
The ideal solution would probably have more than one gear.
Is this a completely stupid idea - are there any better ideas out there
- like a motor mover of some sort - that won't take loads of time and