Maintenance – Tigres Windlass

Maringret upgraded her windlass, installing a new Tigres windlass by Lofrans.

And after a few seasons, it was time to catch up on the maintenance.

The manufacturer’s “Installation and User’s” manual for the Lofrans Tigres windlass has quite detailed descriptions of installing the windlass. However the maintenance section is rather brief, containing the complete description on page 21 (in 6 languages), in fact here it is, in it’s entirety:

6.2 Gipsy maintenance/replacement
1 – By turning anticlockwise, remove the gypsy through the manoeuvre handle.
2 – Slip off from the shaft the upper clutch cone, the gipsy, and the lower clutch cone.
3 – Wash with running water. DO NOT USE WATER UNDER PRESSURE.
4 – Check that there is no evidence of corrosion or mechanical stresses.
5 – Reassemble by proceeding in the reverse order, remembering to lubricate threads and all moving parts with grease.

Not a lot to it, is there? At least until you buy the service kit. The service kit is described on page 39 of the manual; basically page 39 is comprised of an exploded diagram of the Tigres windlass.

So we sought and finally found a service kit for the Lofrans Tigres windlass: part number 72050. Inside the service kit (which is packed with small pieces) is a small piece of paper. On one side is the text for Gipsy maintenance/replacement shown above. As well as a listing of oil capacities for the different Lofrans windlasses. Isn’t that something that should be in the manual?

And on the reverse side of the paper included in the service kit is the following text and table:

Maintenance program

For obtaining the best performance and the utmost efficiency of the anchor windlass, it is necessary to follow strictly the maintenance program inidicated hereby.
A Clean all external surfaces and hidden points with fresh water and remove all salt layers.
B Grease the rotating parts. Particularly, the main shaft threads and clutch cones. Check for evidence[s] of corrosion and mechanical stresses
C Check the terminals of the electric motor.Test the voltage drop at the terminals.
D Replace all gaskets.
E Remove the anchor windlass from the deck to clean the salt under the base and seal again

USE OF THE
YACHT (MONTHS)
LESS
THAN 2
FROM
2 UP TO 6
MORE
THAN 6
EVERY 3 MONTHS A – B
EVERY 6 MONTHS A – B
EVERY 12 MONTHS A – B – C C C
EVERY 24 MONTHS D D D
EVERY 36 MONTHS E E E

At the risk of being repetitious, the above does not appear in the owner’s manual.

And in the end, there is no mention of when oil changes should be done. Not to mention how. The Tigres has no oil drain plug – either on the digram or after visual inspection. The oil type is listed as SAE 90-140 and the volume of the Tigres windlass as 0.5 litres.

  • We did look around the internet and found various forum posts or websites that listed the oil change as either a) “not a requirement for general maintenance”, or b) “to be done periodically”.
  • We did find a set of YouTube service videos

For our first service we disassembled both the chain and rope gypsies, cleaned and lubricated them. We replaced the plastic isolating washers on the long bolts holding the cowling over the electric motor. We had purchased a service kit but in the end decided to replace what parts we replaced from generic spares, leaving the service kit intact for when we find more detailed information on servicing the windlass – including oil change techniques and frequency.

mnt_windlassService1

The picture shows the Tigres windlass after the chain gypsy has been broken down for cleaning and lubrication. The actual chain gypsy was eft out of the picture to better show how the two cones are positioned on the drive shaft.

  • Tigres windlass “Installation and User’s” manual downloadable from Lofrans library in PDF format
    – the manual is not available online but rather must be downloaded
  • s/y Nikimat has a thorough article (with 304 pictures) on servicing the Lofrans Tigres windlass
  • YouTube service videos from Imtra
  • YouTube video on disassembling and cleaning the electric motor

© The contents of this site are the copyright property of the authors.  Visitors may read, copy, or print any material for their own use, free of charge.  No material printed or copied from this site, electronically or in any other form, may be sold or included in any work to be sold without explicit permission from the authors.