GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Our glossary of terms will help you get the most from your product manual.
AMPS Workload – determined as up to the maximum amps.
Anchor Rode – the line that secures the anchor to the vessel, consisting of either rope, chain, or a combination of rope and chain.
Automatic Free Fall – windlass releases automatic clutch by means of a remote switch for rapid deployment. No user interaction.
Bridle – chain stopper/compressor, devils claw. Located between the winch and bow roller. Secures chain and takes load off the winch/windlass.
Capstan – drum, rope drum. The capstan is used for hauling rope.
Displacement – the amount of water displaced by a floating vessel, usually measured in tonnes.
Fixed Drive – direct couple from transmission to gypsy/capstan.
Free Fall – release of clutch manually releases the chain to freefall.
Gypsy, Chain Gypsy, Wildcat, Chain Wheel – a special wheel with pockets to suit chain and or rope for hauling up the anchor and anchor rode.
Hauling – weighing, lifting. The operation of lifting anchor, rope or chain.
Howser – chain pipe that anchor rode feeds through into locker.
Horizontal Windlass/Winch – Drive shaft, capstan and gypsy are located horizontally to the deck.
Inline Drive – powerful and efficient integrated gearbox and motor.
Manual Operation System (MOS) – handle fits directly into gypsy by removing the capstan or clutch top.
Manual Override System (MORS) – handle fits into windlass top and overrides the transmission and ratchet drive system. Power backup can be used.
Maximum Load – the maximum operating load that could be applied to the windlass, but the load the winch would normally be subjected to is substantially less.
Maximum Line Speed – the maximum speed at which the anchor rode could be retrieved.
Ratchet Drive – indirect couple from transmission to gypsy/capstan via a ratchet cone. This allows for normal powered operation and manual operation where some power is available.
RCMS – Rope Chain Management System – refer to Accessories for further information.
Vertical Windlass/Winch – drive shaft, capstan and gypsy are located vertically to the deck.
Workload – typical lift. Usually up to 25 percent of the Maximum Load.
DC Direct Current
AC Alternating Current
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PSI Pounds per square inch
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