1 Feb 2017

Jolly Harbour

We are anchored off Jolly Harbour in 3 metres of water waiting for a new windlass motor and gearbox to arrive from the USA to replace the one that has failed us. The last one had been operating at less than half speed and I have been having to haul up the anchor by hand to assist the struggling windlass which at 60 I shouldn't really have to do!

The oil seal had gone between the gearbox and the motor and the motor was full of cruddy iron filings suspended in black oil. Not good. However, the manufacturers have kindly replaced the unit under warranty and the new parts are on their way. They should arrive tomorrow night and be cleared through customs and delivered to me on Friday (hopefully) which will allow us to sail to Guadeloupe on Saturday with a fully functional windlass.