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    Posted: 12 Mar 2019 at 7:00pm
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I am having a problem with my older rope and chain maxwell winch.  It has power to it but is slipping when under load.  It retrieves when manually helped  - ie when pulling up by hand.  As soon  as it is under load it slips.
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Have you tightened the clutch?
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Sorry im knew to winches,without trying to sound like an idiot
,where do i find the clutch ? if its the screw on top that is tightend with a allum key?if so then yes.Iv pulled it to bits and re assembled everything is tight.It looks to me like it has a shiv on the centre spindle that is missing,but when you look dosnt look like it would grip anything.There is a washer that has a cut out that fits into that grove on the spindle
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have you changed the chain size recently??
water water everywhere,how many fish does it hold?
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No, same chain
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There is a tool that goes into the star shaped hole in the top of the gypsy cover. You use that to tighten the gypsy top down on top of the 'cone' shaped clutch that is in the middle of the Gypsy. So stick the star shaped handle into the hole and tighten it clockwise. It sounds like that is all you need to do and it is a regular thing to tighten it occasionally as the clutch wears.
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Yip have done all that but it's still slipping. Do you know of any one that will come to the boat to service the winch. It is temporarily at gulf harbour
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It is a really simple fix probably. Undo the 2 allen key bolts in the middle of the gypsy and the two halves of the gypsy will separate. Might take a tap or two to get them apart. Remove the two bronze cones and clean the surfaces with some acetone (the cones and the inside of the gypsy where they fit). If they won't clean with acetone use some ~1000grit wet and dry sandpaper to clean them. Reassemble, tighten the clutch and you should be good to go.
I can recommend someone for you but it is only a 30 minute job DYI requiring one allen key so try that first.

As always, take plenty of photos of the assembled unit before pulling it apart and lay the parts out in order for reassembly.
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Thanks for that. Will have a go after work
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Hi Scooter, as Tagit has mentioned otherwise depending on where your located the guys at Chains Ropes & Anchors service winches 
Nobody has ever come up with a great idea after a second bottle of water
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OK so i pulled it to bits again,cleaned everything,put it all back together and still no luck.
Then the boat next to us came back in and i noticed it had the same maxwell winch,i asked if he knew much about them and he just smiled and told me he was an expertWink
After going threw all the same stuff,he mentioned the chain could have bunched up and knocked the sir clip off wich could have let the keyway fall out.I poked my head in the anchor well and what do you know, a keyway and a sir clip laying under the chain.took about two minutes to fix,Happy days
.Its funny ,when i bought the boat the previous owner told me i would definatly get to no her inside and out.there have been quite a few other small things that have needed fixing over the small time i have owned her,so this is just one more thing to add to the learning curve of owning a launch.And im loveing every bit of itSmile
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no $$$ spent only your time,learning all the timeWink
I had a sports pro winch,self tailing as you have,no power to winch,Hmm now what,that's right the owner said if it doesnt go check the circuit breaker down by the batteries. Soon got moved to a more handier place.
water water everywhere,how many fish does it hold?
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Yip I found out our winch has its own batterie under the foward bed with a circuit breaker
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Originally posted by scooter123 scooter123 wrote:

OK so i pulled it to bits again,cleaned everything,put it all back together and still no luck.
Then the boat next to us came back in and i noticed it had the same maxwell winch,i asked if he knew much about them and he just smiled and told me he was an expertWink
After going threw all the same stuff,he mentioned the chain could have bunched up and knocked the sir clip off wich could have let the keyway fall out.I poked my head in the anchor well and what do you know, a keyway and a sir clip laying under the chain.took about two minutes to fix,Happy days
.Its funny ,when i bought the boat the previous owner told me i would definatly get to no her inside and out.there have been quite a few other small things that have needed fixing over the small time i have owned her,so this is just one more thing to add to the learning curve of owning a launch.And im loveing every bit of itSmile

Never come across that before so thanks for sharing. Would have expected no drive at all rather than just slipping. Anyway, you now know your winch a lot better.
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Had this happen to me with a maxwell winch but the symptoms were tried to lower the anchor and it went down and wouldn’t stop. No drive at all as Tagit suggested.
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Hmmm had a knot of rope go through mine a couple of weeks ago. I tightened up the centre bolt and seemed fine afterward, might just have to have another look.....
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There was only a little bit of drive,when i pulled it up manuly.Just enulgh to get it into the well,but it just spun under tension
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