Build a capstan mount

 I'm finally getting around to installing a tipper and capstan on the Reefrunner. I've thought about how to do it for a long time, and came to the conclusion that I could just fab up another one out of marine ply and fibreglass, as I did on the last boat. The Dominator had old-style coamings, very awkward to mount a capstan on, but I came up with a good, easily removable mount, shown below. 

 

 

 

I extended the two back studs, shortened the front one, and just held it down with them, with ally plate underneath to spread the load. The block was built of 16mm marine ply, and heavily glassed. But the Reefrunner has a more modern coaming, but without enough room to simply flush mount it. The next size Caribbean up, the 2300, is wide enough, the Reefie just misses out. So a mount it is. I started with 3 offcuts of 12mm marine ply from the last job. Worked out rough size required, drilled the cutout hole through the first two, then laminated them up with resin and glass mat, clamped together.

 

 

 

 

I wondered why the template specified a 102mm cutout for the penetration, plus cutouts for the motor terminals. I wanted as much meat as possible around the stud holes, so I went 92mm hole, plenty of room. Except that it sat up on one side, didn't spot the little casting protrusion on the underside. So A bit of router work was necessary.

 

 

 

 

All ready for shaping before I start hot laying multiple layers of mat .


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Shaped the top

Fri, 2019-02-08 12:22

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Very nice

Fri, 2019-02-08 15:16

You have made a great job of it by the looks of things, some times what at first what appears to be a straight forward job can have a few supprises in store when you actually start in doing the job. 

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There is always more to it.

Fri, 2019-02-08 18:12

 It would be nice to just have it as that flat piece, but that means the weight of the capstan is out at the end, and the fastenings are on the outer part of the coaming, so it will sag and put weight on the fastenings. It has to go over the top of the recessed handrail, so I can use that for support. I also added a tab that will rest against the vertical inside of the coaming, to spread the load out a bit.  Looks like a dogs breakfast at the moment, with excess resin underneath meaning it is not sitting square but will clean up well. The top and sides will be polished flocoat. Before I finish off the underneath, after drilling the mounting holes, i''ll spray the rail and coaming with release agent, then slather some builders bog underneath the bracket. Bolt it up tight, and the bog will mould to the shape of the coaming and rail. Grind off the rough edges, bit of flocoat, and it's done. 

 

 

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Finally finished.

Sun, 2019-03-24 13:47

 I've been away for work for about a month, most recent job cancelled ( at Hedland. for obvious reasons ),so  it's now done. Ater  glassing it all up, I used builders bog and release agent to mould the contact surfaces for a neat fit.  A few layers of flocoat, bit of rubbing back, then a quick polish.

 

 

 

I'm not a fan of footswitches for capstans, just unnecessary clutter on the deck, and means you have to keep one foot planted in the same spot, all the time. I prefer to control via a solenoid

Last boat had a battery iolator type, but I am only switching solenoid current, so this time I went with a flush waterproof latching switch, push on/push off

 

I've mounted it where the wichman can get it, or whoever happens to be sitting in the "princess seat".

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 looks like it was meant to

Sun, 2019-03-24 15:22

 looks like it was meant to be there in the first place. well done

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Thank you

Sun, 2019-03-24 17:29

 That was the idea. Now I need a tipper. I've decided to go with one built in Geraldton, I'll ring him tomorrow to see if I can pick it up later in the week. With good weather forecast for Tuesday/Wednesday, I'' be busy fishing.

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 what a dilemma to have .

Sun, 2019-03-24 18:16

 what a dilemma to have . enjoy it while you can. that wind will come

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It has been a very windy year, here.

Sun, 2019-03-24 18:46

 Just won't let up for long. There have been a few perfect days in recent  weeks, so it has to be improving soon.

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 good days down here have

Sun, 2019-03-24 19:22

 good days down here have been few and far between. its gotta get better 

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Finally finished, with a tipper

Mon, 2019-04-01 13:30

 I had a tipper built by a bloke in Geraldton, who was closest to what I wanted.  Heavy walled tubing, doubled in the verticals, with a full width roller and trip. It comes right over to a good angle so the pot is secure there without going to overly long horns. And we celebrated this morning by bagging out. 

 

 

Added a couple of vertical rod holders for the spigots, whch is actually handy, as I didn't have anything to put my removable horizontal rod holder in on the side before that.