The windlass has arrived!!

When we started planning this boat, a nice classic and rugged looking manual windlass was clearly part of the big picture. We quickly found out that it wasn’t going to be easy to find that windlass we dreamed of for our boat and a point came when we accepted we were likely going to have to fall back on a modern shinny electric capstan (booo) . Its not by fault of searching, it just seemed like no one made what we really wanted. Until….

Mark stumbled on Deep Blue Engineering website. Someone had started making traditional manual geared windlasses in Britain and wow, are they ever gorgeous!

A year ago we got in touch with David Webster at Deep Blue Engineering to discuss our needs and initiate the order of one cool windlass for our boat: Deep Blue Engineering’s No 2 Manual Windlass for vessels over 25 tonnes

Yesterday, the 162 kg beast finally arrived in Ottawa, Canada, from Britain!

Freshly arrived home

That “Wow!! It’s there!” moment

We waited for it and did not have any more patience left and had to see it on deck


Looking sharp ! Now we can’t wait to have the rest of the boat looking as sweet


Even just dropped there, it looks perfectly at home


I must give it a crank… day dreaming….

The boys going at it! Add a second handle and we are in business!

It doesn’t take too much imagination to see the chain and anchor (a little more brain effort to see a cleanly finished boat)


I cant say it any better: we are thrilled!! This beauty is one more motivation push to move forward so we can see it permanently mounted on a cleanly finished deck  and hopefully soon, cranking up the anchor for its maiden voyage.

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