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Wobegon

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Maxwell 500 Windless - Gypsy?
« on: September 11, 2015, 03:09:21 PM »

I have a Maxwell 500 windless on my 1992 C34 that only allows use of rope anchor road.  Is there a conversion gypsy that can be added to allow chain?  My back can't take the last 30 feet of lifting anchor...getting too old I guess.
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Re: Maxwell 500 Windless - Gypsy?
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2015, 06:32:36 PM »

I don't know the answer to your question. However I have the exact same unit and find that if apply 2-3 wraps around the capstan,and I tail the rode,  the windlass will haul in the chain portion of my rode with no issue.   If you have tried that and it does not work, perhaps your chain is not the correct size.

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Re: Maxwell 500 Windless - Gypsy?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2015, 11:44:49 AM »

I've been doing doing what Roland described for about 15 years.  Initially thought it would chip the chrome off the windlass.  It is holding up fine.
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Re: Maxwell 500 Windless - Gypsy?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2015, 11:47:54 AM »

Wo : You can tail chain on a rode gypsy.
  
The only problem that you might run in to is that the chain can "chip" away at the chrome finish and produce sharp chrome chards.  
Some people have taken a grinder and removed the chrome finish - there is bronze under the chrome.

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Re: Maxwell 500 Windless - Gypsy?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2015, 06:27:08 PM »

Wo,
I have a Maxwell 500 with a chain gypsy.  I'm not sure if there is a conversion kit to go from straight capstan to a capstan and gypsy.  A quick email to Maxwell might answer your question. I rarely use the capstan.  I usually haul the rode up by hand and let the gypsy haul in the 86 ft of chain and 15 kg anchor.  I rarely anchor in more than 25 ft of water.
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Re: Maxwell 500 Windless - Gypsy?
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2015, 08:26:17 PM »

Maxwell did have an option for a combination capstan-1/4" chain gypsy for the VW500. Whether they still carry the part for a windlass they no longer make is another question.
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