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#1 Posted : 28 December 2018 18:29:42(UTC)
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Location: East anglia


I’ve recently got a Parker 285, which is a lovely boat and quite different from the 50 year old clinker boat we sailed before!

When I winch up the keel (using the electric winch) I’ve noticed that I have to watch the top really carefully otherwise the keel starts trying to break through the cover over the plate case. Is that normal or is there supposed to be a automatic stop when the keel is up?



Martin Watson  
#2 Posted : 28 December 2018 23:02:22(UTC)
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Posts: 92
Location: West Sussex

If it doesn't it should have. When I designed my hydraulic keel lift system on my Parker 27, I used one of these as a stop switch, available on Ebay.


Martin Watson
peter lowry  
#3 Posted : 29 December 2018 10:07:02(UTC)
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Posts: 235
Location: Hedge End, Hampshire

Hello Bernard

Welcome and great to hear you are enjoying the best class of boats in the world !

My 275 Sophia also has an electric winch and like yours does not have an automatic stop, i like the idea of fitting one too ,

We currently use the original bungee cord up the mast with an indicator on it, i slightly modified mine by bring a light line back to the cockpit with knots showing fully lowered, 1/4 up, 1/2 up, 3/4 up and fully up( just below the deckline) keeping the line taught , stops the winch over lifting

Martin and myself are at the same club and next time i see him ,i will have a look at his automatic stop and perhaps we can come up with an solution for the 275 which i am sure will generate some interest.


for now

Peter Lowry

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#4 Posted : 15 February 2019 04:23:30(UTC)
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Location: East anglia

How did you get on ?

Did you come up with any good ideas for this ?



#5 Posted : 20 July 2019 06:02:58(UTC)
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Location: Chelmsford, Essex

I fitted one on the electro-hydraulic system I made for my 275, but it was much easier to find a switch suitable for mounting inside. One to mount inside the keel box might be more of a challenge.

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