What is the routine Anchor Windlass maintenance?

Written by Anand Gautam

Windlass is a very critical equipment for anchoring and mooring purpose. It is exposed to heavy weather, sea water, humidity and various stresses. So, it must be maintained at all times and foundations checked.


Fig.: Windlass maintenance

Anchor windlass maintenance:

1. General maintenance

  • Retighten electrical connections(starters remote control/ electrical motors)
  • check for leakages in main system/ servo system
  • send oil sample to oil company for analysis
  • Cleaning and painting
  • Brake drum should be free of oil, grease and other deposits. The brake drum should be cleaned periodically with a solvent prescribed by the maker
  • The brake drum and the disk should be checked for wearing out or damage
  • The foundation of the windlass should be checked

2. Windlasses/ cable lifter units

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Anand Gautam

Anand Gautam is a marine engineer, Graduated from M.E.R.I. Mumbai. He likes to sail onboard ship and is one who is passionate about his job. He loves to share his knowledge, information, and ideas to everyone in a simplified way just for his satisfaction.

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